Today is Halloween, which tends to mean a lot of candy. But most of us will also do a healthy activity today that we should probably do more often. Instead of turning on the TV after dinner, we’ll go walk outside with our families. Granted, we’ll be walking to collect candy. But still!
Being physically active outdoors — even for just a few minutes — can boost people’s moods. This is important to remember as October ends and November begins. We’re coming into the dark, cold months (at least in the northern hemisphere). It’s easy to hibernate. But committing to get outside for just 20 minutes a day (as this Alaska family did!) can make the dark, cold months more tolerable.
It doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Walk your kids to the bus stop and wait with them. Play hopscotch or ride bikes if it’s in your own driveway.
If you normally surf the web for a few minutes after eating lunch at your desk, get up, go outside, and walk around the block instead. You’ll return with more energy than you’ll get from reading headlines.
Sometime in mid-afternoon, go outside to take a “smoke break.” Only don’t smoke. Enjoy the sun before it sets (which is going to happen at about 4:30 p.m. by mid-November around here).
If you often pick up your kids at school, try parking and walking to get your children instead of getting in the car line (provided this is an option at your school).
Invest in outdoor exercise gear. I really dislike running on the treadmill, so I’m trying to stretch the number of days I can run outside. With any luck, I’ll be able to hit 20 minutes every day this winter as well.
How do you sneak in outdoor activity, especially as the days turn dark and cold?