Question- When was the last time you went out, simply to enjoy the outdoors? When was the last time you visited your local park, woods or the beach?
– If you have to think about it, it’s been too long.
So many of us in our modern day-to-day lives spend the majority of our time indoors. Whether that’s at work in the office, or at home plonked in front of the TV.
I’m definitely guilty of this, I work 9-5 in an office, so I normally walk from my office to my car, and then from my car to my house where I remain until it’s time to leave for work the next day. Not good.
But it’s so important to get outside and simply walk, (or run if you’re feeling adventurous.)
Mike and I were comparing the steps tracked by our health app on our iPhones a little while ago, and I was honestly shocked at how low the numbers were for me.
He has always been a big walker so his step count was often around 20,000 for the day, but I’m ashamed to admit that there were more than a few days that my phone tracked fewer than 2,000 steps.
Now I know my steps were actually higher than that number because I don’t carry my phone wherever I go. But even still, the numbers were shamefully low.
So I dug my FitBit from the depths of my drawers, and charged it up. For the last week I’ve been tracking my steps and am really pleased to say that every day I have either been around or above 10,000 steps.
Especially with the weather warming up, it’s even easier to dedicate more time to being outdoors in the fresh air simply moving our bodies.
Every evening for nearly a week now I have made the commitment to myself to get out for a walk in the park, and I have to say that I am absolutely loving it. Normally I go on my own, but Mike and I did go for a walk together the other day, and we ended up in a part of the park that I didn’t know existed with a little stream and mud paths rather than concrete. It was so beautiful and unspoiled and it was so nice to spend time together outdoors making the most of this wonderful weather.
Getting outside for a walk offers so many benefits, both physically and mentally that we really don’t have any excuse. No episode of ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ or ‘Come Dine With Me’ will ever offer any benefits even remotely close to those that getting your tooshie outside will.
Not only am I getting my body moving, I’m also getting much needed vitamin D, and time away from technology. It’s so nice to be able to put my phone away in my bag, and not look at a screen the whole time I’m out, (apart from to snap a few pictures… Nature is so beautiful!)
I have found these evening walks almost meditative, its a time for me to reflect on my day and sort my thoughts. I love seeing so many people doing their own thing in the park, from people taking part in a fitness boot camp, to dads taking their kids to kick a football around, to people out walking their dogs. I love seeing so many people outside and spending time in a green space, rather than sitting indoors sitting on their bottoms.
So now that the weather is warming up why not make the commitment to yourself to spend more time outdoors? Stretch your legs, soak up the vitamin D and clear your mind.
It does absolute wonders.
Where is your favourite place to go for a walk? I also adore walking along the seafront.
Until next time
P.s… Goes without saying to protect yourself from the sun when you go out with a good SPF!