It seems that Summer is finally almost here. We are approaching the longest day, the shrubs are all in blossom and the birds are fledging from their nests. Everything seems to be telling us its Summer. So now is the time to stop hibernating, get off the sofa and get outside. There is so much to see in Summer.
Some of you may be thinking what is so great about being outdoors. It’s great for our health the perfect way to get our Vitamin D and helps reduce stress. Take walking as an example.
“during treatment, even just spending less time sitting down and taking very short walks can help. Being active has many benefits and can help to:
- reduce tiredness and some treatment side effects
- reduce anxiety and depression
- improve your mood and quality of life
- strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
- look after your heart and reduce the risk of other health problems.”
Walking for Health’s study on walking says
“Why walking works
For most of us walking is as simple as slipping on a pair of shoes and opening the front door. It’s perfect for people who have poor health, or don’t fancy intense exercise. Walking makes a great ‘gateway’ to the world of exercise because it often inspires people to try out other healthy activities.”
If walking is not your thing then what about bird watching. It’s a great activity especially for a family with young children. Children are naturally inquisitive and love to learn new things. You could help them learn about the birds in your back garden by building a nest box or go bird spotting in the woods it’s a great way to spend time together as a family.
If you want something a little more active what about going for a bike ride the NHS says cycling: “Saves you money, gets you fit and helps the environment”
Sustrans look after the The National Cycle Network “a series of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect to every major town and city.” You’ve probably seen their Blue signs with numbers on around your town why not have a look at their website and find a route near you?
There are so many other things you can do outdoors flying kites, treasure hunts, good old hop scotch, looking for insects, going for a picnic or just sitting under a tree reading a good book with a glass of wine.
So, turn of the telly put on your shoes and go outside. While the weather lasts or before you know it it’ll be winter again.