Whether you are planning a day trip or a weekend get away, it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. I am always looking for something to do that is fun and FREE and when I look back at my fondest memories most of them involve spending time outdoors. Playing around the neighborhood as a kid, going rock climbing with friends or biking with my wife. But these times were memorable not only because of the price tag.
6 Reasons to have some Free Fun
Here are some of the other benefits of spending time outside in Nature.
Nature is free.
There are plenty of natural spaces to visit that do not require you to spend any money. City parks are great. I live next to a beautiful city park with a trail that wanders in and out of the woods. Although the park is small, it is one of my favorite places to spend time outside. Do a quick Google search for local parks and you will be surprised how many are in your area and don’t forget that many state parks are free to access. National parks have entrance fees however there are free entry days every year.
Yep, that’s a real thing. Studies have shown that walking through the forest for 30 minutes can help reduce stress, increase creativity and improve our problem solving skills. Not only that, but by reducing stress our immune system gets a boost! Doctors in Japan have studied this for years and often prescribe time in nature because of these benefits.
You get to disconnect.
We are constantly being bombarded from phones, email, work, etc. Taking time in nature is an opportunity to spend time with your thoughts and process anything you may be dealing with at the time.
The hiking itself leads to more physical benefits. And we all can use a little help in this category. Most of today’s jobs require us to sit in front of a computer for nearly eight hours a day.
Have an adventure.
Being outside isn’t always about the destination, it’s about the journey. Hit a new trail – there are mountains, waterfalls, and trees out there and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see some wildlife. Go explore and see something new.
If the personal benefits aren’t enough, know that you will definitely meet interesting people. Most people that hike and spend time outside are generally outgoing. The outdoor community is great and we are always looking for more people to join in on the adventure. You never know if you will make new friends while on the trail.
So what are you doing?! Get off the computer, go outside and explore!
Spend quality time with your friends and family without the distractions. Your body, mind, and wallet will thank you.