New Year’s resolutions can be tricky to maintain as the days march on, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it our best shot. We often set goals that we know are going to be too challenging to keep and end up letting ourselves down in the end. But when it comes to not just our health, but the health of our entire family, anything you can do to improve it is a worthwhile effort.
We encourage you to get your family outdoors this year and start building healthier bodies and minds in the great outdoors! So, we’ve put together a few tips to get you started on going green in twenty eighteen.
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
One of the easiest ways to spend more time outdoors is to just walk out the door and explore your home turf. If your kids prove resistant to the idea, make it a scavenger hunt. Let them pick a theme and a hunt for the whole family to participate in. Hunts could be anything from animals or cars to certain colors or flora. The point is to get out and check out the neighborhood with your family while having fun doing it!
Kids need to move to keep their bodies healthy, but keeping them active is a challenge as gadgets and video games grab their attention. By outfitting your property with a convenient play set they love, you’ll encourage them to get regular exercise without having to make a chore out of it.
A Screen-Free Break
In the modern world, kids sometimes spend upward of 40 hours a week staring at various screens, from TV and video games to computers, smartphones and tablets. Their eyes and brains need a break, and playsets offer a low-tech antidote with plenty of old-fashioned fun.
Improved Mental Health
Studies have shown a link between activity and healthy cognitive function in kids. By activating all of their senses and developing their creativity through imaginative play, their growing brains are able to foster new connections that lead to enhanced cognitive function. A playset is an easy way to get them outside to experience this significant benefit.
Balance and coordination are crucial elements of healthy childhood development, and they can be acquired only from physical activity. An outdoor playset is a perfect way for your children to experiment and develop these skills.
Have fond memories of camping when you were a kid? Why not bring that fun to your own family. Start simple by camping right in your own backyard. If it’s too cold to venture out right now, you can set up a pup tent in your family room or basement for a fun indoor campout. Or, if you don’t have a tent, tap into your kids’ imagination by building a blanket fort to campout in. Then, when the weather is nice you’ll be ready for our Great American Backyard Campout on June 23.
Similar to Pokémon GO, there’s another family-friendly activity that has existed well before wild Pidgeys were vibrating your phone. This game is also inexpensive, provides exercise, takes players to unexplored locations, and only requires a mobile device to play.
This game is called geocaching.
Instead of hunting for digital creatures, geocaching is a real-world, outdoor game that challenges players to find tangible, hidden treasures using Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled devices, such as a smart phone. Adventurers navigate to specific GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
There are millions of caches worldwide, so odds are good that you’ll find several near you.