I’m going to continue to focus on your health for today. For Day 11, it’s time to get some exercise and clear your mind by getting outside in the Just For Today Challenge – 31 Days To A Better You.
This should be a fairly easy Challenge that should take you about 1/2 to complete. Of course, I will be joining you in this Challenge, too. I need to get away from the computer and get outside! It’s a big world out there and it’s time for me to explore my little corner of it.
When’s the last time you went outside, just for the joy of being in nature? I think it must have been last summer for me. That is a real shame, because even though it’s in the minus degrees Celsius here (e.g -25), that’s no excuse to get outside and enjoy what is all around us. I’ll have to bundle up to complete this Challenge, for sure!
It’s so easy to sit in front of the TV or the computer (take your pick) and let the days roll into each other without appreciating what’s outside on our doorstep. I can be pretty bad for this as well, as I am spending hours and hours in front of the computer writing articles for this blog, plus I spend my entire workday in front of a computer. While I’m trying to cut down my TV-watching time, it’s not easy. With the daylight being as short as it is now, most of the time I get up while it’s dark and I come home from work and it’s still dark outside. It takes a concerted effort to get outside to enjoy some nature. Hence, today’s Challenge
Having difficulty putting things into perspective? Going outside for a walk and enjoying breathing in the fresh air will frequently result in clearing your mind and allowing you to put things into perspective. As you walk around you can repeat the saying, “This too shall pass” for whatever issues you are currently experiencing. There’s nothing like being outside and seeing the bounty that Mother Nature has presented us with to realize how small some of our problems are.
While you’re out enjoying the fresh air, ensure that you are taking deep breaths to allow more oxygen into your body. This will result in you thinking more clearly.
Oh, and you’ll get a little exercise, too. Getting outside for a walk for at least 30 minutes will release those lovely endorphins that we all want more of. They makes us feel good. It’s something easy that we all can achieve. You don’t have to have a purpose for going outside, except to enjoy nature. Take a walk around the block and notice the changes in your neighbourhood. Walk to work using a different route and appreciatethe differences you see along the way. Take the family for a walk after dinner and enjoy both the exercise and the quality time spent with your family. There are countless ways to get outside and enjoy what’s being offered.
You can even extend the Challenge of taking pictures by going outside for a walk today to enjoy nature. Take pictures of your natural environment and of things that inspire you. There’s nothing like seeing the fresh snow on the ground and realizing the passing of seasons. Or, enjoy whatever season you are currently experiencing.
As usual, let me know how you made out with today’s Challenge by leaving a comment below. Were you able to conscious get outside and enjoy some nature today. I hope the freezing temperatures didn’t stop you
For a list of all of the Challenges, see the Just For Today Challenge page.