5 Practical Ways to Get Outside More this Spring

Spring is here, the weather is mild, and you’re likely itching to get outside — and we don’t blame you! After all, studies show that spending time in nature works wonders for your wellness — from lower stress to a boost in mood and mental health! Not to mention, you’ll get natural exposure to sunlight to support adequate Vitamin D levels. So this week on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing five practical ways to spend more time outside this spring. 

1. Visit the Farmer’s Market

With spring officially here, farmers’ markets are starting to open again. Take a trip to the farmer’s market to get some fresh air and support your community — shopping for seasonal produce and specialty items from local farmers and vendors. Want more local outdoor fun? Some New England day trip ideas are from farmer’s markets to vineyards. 

2. Plan a Picnic 

April 23rd is National Picnic Day — a nice reminder to take your meal outside for a change! So pack your picnic baskets with healthy eats — like vibrant salads, fruit, and dips — and head out to a local park, beach, or even your backyard to enjoy dining al fresco amongst your friends and family. These Blonde Brownie Power Bites would make for the perfect nutritious, protein-packed dessert! 

3. Start Gardening 

 Looking to develop a green thumb? Gardening is a great way to spend more time outdoors in nature. Consider joining a community garden in your neighborhood or start a simple plot in your own backyard. Cucumbers, greens, tomatoes, and herbs are all beginner-friendly. 

4. Take a Walk 

Lace-up your sneakers and get outside for a walk! April 6th is National Walking Day (falling on the first Wednesday in April) — a day celebrating one of the simplest ways to get moving

Whether strolling around the block with a friend, hitting the hiking trails, or doing a charity event, walking is a wonderful way to get outside while sneaking in some exercise. Plus, studies show that outdoor walking groups have a wide range of health benefits, including the potential to lower blood pressure and reduce symptoms of depression. 

5. Clean Up Your Community

With Earth Day around the corner, now is the time to make the world a healthier, cleaner place. Consider joining or starting your Cleanup to help get rid of pollution in your local neighborhoods, parks, trails, and beaches. Here’s how you can find a Cleanup near you to contribute to a brighter, greener planet! 

Let us know how you’re spending time outside by tagging us on social @VibrantHealth 

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