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Get Physical: Plan a Day Outdoors

If you're like most everyone with a 9-5 job, chances are that you spend a good majority of the day breathing the stale air of your office. On the weekend, take advantage of not having to be in the office by forcing yourself to stay outdoors for the entire day. Recruit your husband, boyfriend or best friend to join you so you don't get bored (or cheat).

Aside from the fresh air and change of scenery (literally), the best thing that comes out of planning a day outside is that outside activities typically burn a lot more calories than the sedentary indoor lifestyle.

So take a walk. Go for a hike or bike ride. Walk your dog. Play tennis or golf. Wash your car. Visit that outdoor mall or nearby town you've been meaning to peruse. Garden. Go to the zoo or the botanical gardens. Go to the beach or pool and actually swim. Better yet, learn how to surf. Pack a healthy picnic. Even if you and your partner in crime opt to just sit at a park and read books, you both still have to get off the couch to get there. Be sure to bring along a Frisbee in case you feel inspired by others getting moving at the park.

My husband and I actually do this every so often. We always find a ton of things to occupy our time and we always feel like we've had a really full day. I promise you'll be amazed at how tired you'll feel... Sure they say that all the fresh air makes you tired, but I'm willing to bet it's also because you end up moving a lot more when you force yourself to stay outside for five or more hours.


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Hope5 Hope5 10 years
I love the great outdoors!
potterlove potterlove 10 years
Ahhh...its not the same thing, but being in school (high school! *shudder*) is kinda like being cooped up in an office. Lunch time doesn't really account for "fresh air" either. 'Specially now that I'm gonna be in the newspaper and yearbook, and (theater crew). Au revoir, social life! I'll see you in the weekends, when I'll have SOME, but not hoping for a lot, of time. Well, for myself!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
We went to the mountains today, whew, what a breath of fresh air, and we are defintely more destressed now
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Just did, thank you very much :) It was forcasted to reach 100degrees here in Denver too, so we walked miles while it was still cool enough. :JOG::JOG: Walked all the way to the health food store and back. Had lunch on our terrace and will play a few rounds of "Up Words" out there before heading in for a nap (too hot outside for a nap!!!) then a nice dinner alfresco, followed by a walk around the city to see what's goin on, topped off with a gelazzi at a sidewalk cafe. No - not exactly a walk in the woods, but fun, interesting and better than TV!!!
syako syako 10 years
Unfortunately today in louisiana the temp is 101 degrees and the humidity is 50% so spending a whole day outdoors would most likely not lead to anything pretty - though I will keep this thought in mind when October rolls around.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
its so hard to get myself to leave the house sometimes. i will go out tomorrow even just to go to the library - since i'll be walking an hour to get there.
marley11 marley11 10 years
i love going outdoors. it really gets you back to nature and you can relax and forget about work and get rid of all that stress in your life. when camping, i like to go on a day-long hike, it's really refreshing.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
i wish my bf was here so we can do something like this :) i suppose i should just do it regard less lol
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