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Outdoor Activities That Keep You Healthy

By Genevieve Cunningham

Spending time outdoors is a great use of your time. Though we've become very accustomed to an indoor world, nature is still an important part of a healthy life. In fact, those who spend time in nature on a regular basis are reportedly healthier and happier in their everyday (and long-term) lives. For a lot of people, the problem is not getting outside. The problem is knowing what to do when you get there. If you need some ideas for outdoor activities that are enjoyable and promote better health, take a look at these ideas to try today.

Hiking

Hiking can be a lot of fun. It's certainly a challenge, as you'll test your stamina through the elements. But if done properly, it can be so rewarding. The key is to find a trail that is right for your experience level. Don't try to hike up a mountain as a beginner. Check your area for some trails, get prepared, and spend a little time hiking through nature for a soothing yet challenging activity.

Walking

If you're not keen on hiking, you can always simply lace up your walking shoes and start moving. Walking is great for the body. It's an aerobic activity, but it's incredibly gentle. It's great for those seeking a low-impact exercise. You can walk alone, in groups, or however you choose. If you want something simple and easy on the body, walking is an excellent choice. 

Cycling

Who says bike riding is just for kids? Though most of us give up this activity when we're young, it's actually beneficial for our entire lives. It can really build up the bottom half of your body, and it can even promote more mobility in your hip and knee joints. But be careful! Cycling can aggravate the joints. Stretch appropriately and go easy in the beginning to build your tolerance and to keep the activity more fun than work. 

Games

If you just want to get outside for some fun, why not play games? You can get friends and family together for a game of basketball or soccer. Or you could even go easier than that with games of ring toss, horseshoes, or another fun activity. Playing games outside still brings the sunshine, fresh air, and Vitamin D. Do something fun and you'll still gain massive benefits. 

If you're not spending any time outdoors, it's time to make it a priority in your life. It's great for mental and physical well-being. Use these ideas to get you moving outdoors, and you'll be feeling better than ever in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, Calif.

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