There’s no denying that, nowadays, we’re more glued to our screens than ever. We’ve got our noses in our phones almost every hour of the day, and for what? To find out what’s going on in the world around us? The irony is, that’s exactly what we’re missing! With our scroll-frenzy tendencies, we forget there’s this beautiful thing right on our doorstep. Full of exciting and refreshing activities to keep us entertained in a way that our phones just can’t. I’m talking, of course, about nature.
Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, it’s the perfect time to dust off those hiking boots and start exploring the great outdoors. Here are a few things that I recommend trying…
If you’re lucky enough to live near the sea or a lake, then paddle boarding should definitely be on your summer bucket list. For those who don’t know, paddle boards are like surfboards but they’re wider and designed for more leisurely activity. The idea is you kneel or stand on the board as you wade through the water with a paddle. It’s the most chilled out ‘water-sport’ there is, and is seriously relaxing.
This is the go-to outdoor activity that we all know and love. A classic hike, in my opinion, is the best medicine Mother Nature can provide. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because you need next to nothing in order to do it. And you can do it pretty much anywhere: country lanes, beaches, forests, the list goes on.
As the weather improves, picnic season is well upon us. It’s the perfect setting for a summer date or a great way to spend some quality family time. Grab a blanket, pack up the sandwiches and head to your nearest park for some alfresco fun.
Gardening is one of the best ways to get the most out of nature. There’s a lovely sense of accomplishment that comes with taking care of a garden. Plants and flowers need a little bit of attention to keep them healthy. But the process of doing so can be really cathartic. Plus you get a pretty garden at the end of it. Win, win.
What better way to get out in nature and also have a bit of lighthearted exercise? Bike riding is great because even if you live in a busy city, there are plenty of places to cycle. You can plan a route through a local park or just set off and see where the day takes you. The best part is, if you don’t have a bike they’re so easy to rent.
One of my fondest memories of growing up is when we would pack the car with blankets and food and head out to an open-air cinema. There was something so magical about watching a movie under the stars. If you have a home projector you can also make a DIY open-air cinema in your garden.
For me, the appeal of camping is definitely being at one with nature. Wherever you decide to pitch your tent, you’ll be surrounded by nothing but trees and wildlife. Making it the perfect way to spend some time in the great outdoors. And you can’t beat a good marshmallow roasted on the campfire.
Another great summer pastime is the age old art of barbecuing. Who doesn’t love a nice alfresco fry up in the sun? I would highly recommend investing in a small portable barbecue, that way you can enjoy a delicious meal wherever you are.
Another exercise perfect for getting you outside. It’s great because it’s low impact and fun for all ages. A dip in the sea, a lake or an outdoor lido will be sure to get you feeling refreshed and help you cool down in the heat.
After all that eating and exercising, a well deserved rest is definitely in order. Take a load off with a nice chill out in the sun. There’s nothing more rejuvenating than a good boost of vitamin D. Just don’t forget the suncream!