Over millions of years, humans have evolved out among the natural world, interacting with everything around them. In a large study of over 5,500 Americans done by natureofamericans.org, over 60% of Americans spend less than 5 hours a week outdoors. That is more than 97% of our lives spent indoors. What’s more interesting, though, is that “three-quarters of American adults say their interests in nature are among their more enjoyable interests” and that 72% of Americans view the mental, physical and social benefits of being out in nature as either “very” or “extremely” beneficial. If so, many people enjoy the outdoors and associate being outdoors as beneficial, then why do we not spend more time outdoors? The research found common reasons:1
- A lack of time due to work and responsibilities
- A lack of financial resources to enjoy the outdoors
- A lack of social support or connections with people who also enjoy the outdoors
It can be hard to find time to get outdoors, but it doesn’t have to mean camping or going to a National Park or on a strenuous hike. It could be as easy as going on your local parks and recs department website and locating local parks and outdoor recreational areas near you. If able, bring some friends and have a nice picnic or a barbecue or find a field and bring a frisbee to toss! Curious about the many benefits of being outdoors?2
- Being in nature can improve your mood and can reduce your risk of stress and depression.
- Increase Vitamin D levels. “Studies suggest that Vitamin D may have protective effects against everything from osteoporosis to cancer to depression to heart attacks and stroke.” Just remember to use appropriate sun protection when out.
- You’ll exercise longer and burn an average of 10% more calories than if you exercised indoors. This is thought to be due to the lack of distractions of everyday life being imposed on you than if you were in a confined space.
We don’t spend nearly as much time outdoors as our ancient ancestors did, but if you’re like the majority of Americans who wish to get out in nature more frequently than they currently do, even if it’s just once a week or month. Bring some family or friends, find a great place out in nature, and soak it up!1
- The Nature of Americans (2021). Adults. DJ Case and Associates. https://natureofamericans.org/findings/topic-summary/adults
- Franklin County Public Health (2020). Benefits of Being Outdoors and Physical Activity. Franklin County Public Health. https://myfcph.org/benefits-of-being-outdoors-and-physical-activity/
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Adventure can be just at your fingertips using Recreation.gov’s Mobile App, from planning a weekend getaway to a road trip. Use this app to book campsites and read location reviews on your next adventure. While in nature, have the SkyView app handy to help with some spectacular stargazing! Visit Discover the Forest to find a forest near you.
Physical HEALTH for the Family
The Benefits of Exercise
Source: On Our Sleeves Behavioral Health Experts
Exercise can be a healthy way to help when kids feel sad, stressed or overwhelmed at times. It’s part of life and being a human. Research shows participating in aerobic activity can improve mood, boost confidence and self-image, and relieve stress. Exercise can also help improve sleep, which may give your kids more energy. So, if exercise can do all these things for us – why not exercise? It is important to take care of ourselves mentally and physically. Here are a few ideas for indoor/outdoor exercises to get your family started on a path toward a healthier life:
- Take a walk or run around your neighborhood.
- Join your local gym or YMCA.
- Take an online or in-person class through your local gym.
- Get on Instagram – many professional athletes and trainers post workouts on their stories and pages.
- Find a YouTube fitness video to take you through exercises.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Hike nature trails.
- Climb the stairs a few times – it will get your heart rate up!
- Challenge a friend or family member to an activity. See how many jumping jacks or crunches you can do in a minute, for example.
There are so many ways you and your family can get out and move your bodies to help reap the mental and physical benefits of exercise. Get out there and practice some self-care!
Recipe of the Month
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. Let cool.
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Add desired toppings and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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