I am writing this post from my back porch. After a long string of rainy days the sky is finally cloudless, and so, here I am, trying to enjoy some of the last days of summer. Even though I work from home, it’s often easier just to sit at my desk rather than go outside. But I’m always glad when I do.
Over the past few years, researchers have been finding all sorts of health benefits associated with being outside (for one list of the benefits of sunshine, see this article from US News). People feel more relaxed when they’re around nature, and kids feel less stress.
So how can you engineer more time outside? You can exercise outdoors in the AM (as we discussed yesterday). You can take that boring conference call outside with your cell. You can eat lunch outside. You can go for after-dinner walks with your family. Last Friday, we decided to head over to Valley Forge to take advantage of the national monument’s “till sundown” hours to go tromp along the paths.
How do you build outdoor time into your days?
(Photo courtesy flickr user S. John Davey)