Not too long ago I wrote a post about Nature Scavenger Hunts, why we like them, and the educational benefits. Today, I want to talk to the mamas out there about why YOU should love your outdoor adventures, too!
I could go on and on about the benefits of playing outside, nature walks, hiking and more, but one of the main reasons that I love our adventures is what it does for me. As moms everything we do, we do for our family, our kids. It is so wonderful when doing something together can be a blessing for you as well.
Outdoor Adventures can be that blessing for you and here is why.
Fresh air and sunshine. Need I say more. Even if “nature” isn’t your thing, taking the kids for a walk around your neighborhood or to a nearby park to play can do wonders for your mood. Whether it’s been a stressful day at the office or a not so stellar day at home, getting outside for a few minutes can help eliminate stress, clear your head, and lighten your mood.
This goes back to fresh air, sunshine, and some Vitamin D. Whether you’ve been stuck in an office all day or just cooped up all winter, a few minutes outside is great for your mind, body, and soul. You may find that you are able to get more accomplished after playing outside. Or that you can think more clearly.
Chasing after kids in the parking, keeping everyone together on a walk, or pushing a stroller are all great forms of exercise. Finding time to exercise regularly whether you work from home, work out of your home, or stay at home can be extremely difficult. Exercise is good for us, it keeps up healthy and strong enough to chase after kids and keep up with the never-ending to do lists. So what’s better than spending time with your little ones while you exercise!
All the fitness gurus will tell you that after exercise you will always have more energy. Energy to tackle those projects you keep putting off at home, help you meet your deadline for work, and energy to just get through the day without a nap!
Learn new things
Most state parks or other wildlife preservation parks have informational signs all throughout for guests to read. While your kiddos may not fully understand tidal erosion, marsh habitats, or the importance of oak trees, you might learn something new and find it fascinating.
These adventures are just another way for you to bond and create memories with your kids. You don’t have to travel across the world to a famous park or even leave your own backyard. Being together, observing nature, walking, talking, and soaking up some rays is all you need. Remember it’s the little things, a little lap around the neighborhood after a rough day, a little walk through the woods on a cool day, a little sightseeing, a little hike through the park, or a few minutes kicking a soccer ball outside. Time well spent for YOU and your family!
What are your favorite outdoor adventures? What is the coolest thing you and your kids have stumbled upon while on an adventure?
If outdoor adventures haven’t really been your thing in the past I challenge you to try one. Pick a playground or a nearby park and go explore. I hope you have a blast!