You’ve probably heard the saying “Life is short.” It serves as a reminder to make the most of our time, and take action toward checking off our bucket list of things we want to accomplish; whether it’s experiencing a particular adventure such as traveling, achieving specific health and fitness goals or paying forward our time and fortunes to leave a legacy for future generations.
That’s sort of how we view summer. It’s a great time to mark some to-dos off your bucket list! School is out, the sun is shining and the weather warms up so we can take advantage of activities available in the season. Do you remember playing outside until the streetlights came on—and that was your signal it was time to come in for dinner? How about waiting exactly 30 minutes after scarfing your lunch before cannonballing back into the pool? Summer is short. This month, we’d like to encourage you to make the most of it by playing outdoors!
In fact, studies show that there are some great mental and physical health perks to unplugging and getting outside.
Sunlight creates and activates vitamin D, helping fight osteoporosis, cancer, depression and heart attacks.
Take a 5–10 minute walk around the neighborhood, nature hike or stroll along the beach.
Being outdoors means less time staring at a screen from your couch and more time to move around and stay active.
Go for a bike ride, swim, hike or brisk walk to get your heart rate up and strengthen your muscles.
More light and outdoor activity can help you to relax and cheer up. Plus, spending time with good company at picnics and outdoor get-togethers is sure to lift your summertime spirits.
Simply kick up your feet on the porch, mingle with friends at a barbecue or run through the sprinklers as if you were a kid again.
Just remember, with summer comes higher temperatures and more sun. Be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with sunglasses, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated!