It’s Officially Summer – Why it’s Important to Get Outside
Article by Julie Urlaub
Guess what officially kicks off today at 1:16 p.m. ET? The beginning of the summer solstice. What does this mean to those living a sustainable lifestyle? It means eco inspiration and a chance to reconnect with nature.
Why is this important? According to the post, Nature: The Natural Mood Enhancer, paying attention to the natural world not only makes you feel better, it makes you behave better. For those living green, the message is meaningful. Lead author Netta Weinstein says the take home message from the research is clear: “We are influenced by our environment in ways that we are not aware of,” she says. Because of the hidden benefits of connecting with nature, people should take advantage of opportunities to get away from built environments and, when inside, they should surround themselves with plants, natural objects, and images of the natural world. “The more you appreciate nature, the more you can benefit,” she says.
What better way to influence our habits, behavior and attitudes in daily life than to get outside and appreciate our natural surroundings. Hiking, walking, running, swimming, and bike riding are all activities that require a minimal investment in gear, keep you fit and get you outside appreciating and reconnecting with nature. Mentioned in our eco friendly training, there are a variety of eco actions you can take.
- This weekend, June 25th, is the Great American Campout. To learn more and to get involved with the Great American Camp out, check out the website. Or, if you are curious as to how to green your camping trip, the post Planning a Green Camping Trip by our friend @Biofriendlyblog offers some eco friendly suggestions.
- Take advantage of nearby parks and nature trails. America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. For a listing by state, visit here.
- Consider participating in a group hike or backpacking trip. Your local chapter of the Sierra club is a good place to look. Other options include joining a local bike club or running club.
- Get children involved! Ideas for summer time fun for kids include: 9 Backyard Games for Kids, Play in the Dirt, and 12 Fun-in-the-Sun Ideas.
Enjoy getting outside – reconnect with nature and re-discover the joy and appreciation that nature calls forth from each of us. That inspiration is the fuel that propels us towards living sustainably in our lives and our communities.