19 Reasons to Get Outside this Spring

Have you ever wondered why people who spend time in nature call it “the great outdoors?” Itย is easy to spend most of our life inside and miss the opportunity to experience the beauty that nature provides us. But, Spring is the perfect time to soak in some Vitamin D and take in some fresh air. Here are 19 great reasons to get outside this Spring!

1. Nature really is beautiful

Springtime is when you see the most flowers blooming. As new growth develops after winter, the colors in nature are vibrant. It feels like everything is coming alive around you.

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2. Vitamin D

Spending time in the sunshine provides Vitamin D to your body which can boost your mood and increase your overall health.

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3. Breath easier

Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen which makes the air around us cleaner and fresher.

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4. Fitness

People who spend time outdoors are oftenย more active than people who spend most of their time indoors. This increase in activity level improves their fitness levels and promotes their overall health.

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5. Creativity

Studies have shown that spending time outside can increase your creativity and help you think more clearly.

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6. Family time

Kids love to spend time outside and there are many activities, such as camping, swimming, or hiking, that families can do together in nature.

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7. Bird-watching

Is there anything better than sitting outside in the morning and listening to the birds sing in the Spring sun?

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8. Wildlife

Birds are not the only animals moving about during spring. If you spend time outdoors, you can catch glimpses of other forms of local wildlife.

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9. Memories

Spending time outside with those you love is a great way to build a lifetime of memories. Whether it is enjoying the view or playing games, time spent outdoors with friends and family is always a great amount of fun!

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10. Campfires

Campfires have a way of bringing people together after a long Spring day spent in the sun.

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11. S’mores

S’mores are best shared outdoors and are one of the many benefits of campfires! Everyone loves that gooey goodness of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

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12. Lower Stress

Time spent in nature can lower your stress levels. This is why many people will take a walk to clear their heads.

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13. Eliminate distractions

Time outside can help us feel more energized by allowing us to spend time focusing our attention.

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14. Sharing stories

Spending time with our friends and family can prompt us to share stories and build connections with each other.

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15. Learning

The more we observe the world around us, the more we learn about it. As we look at trees, rocks, or streams we learn how they form or grow. We gain a better understanding of nature and our surroundings.

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16. The Scent

Being outside in the Spring smells so good. From the fragrant flowers to the freshly mowed grass, the air is a feast of scents to enjoy.

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17. Warmth

In Spring the chill is gone from the air and you can feel the warmth from the sun.

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18. Reduces fatigue

We rest easier when we are able to disconnect from the stress of life. Spending time outside helps us sleep better by giving our brains a rest from the constant connection we experience in much of our daily lives.

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19. Fun

No matter what we choose to do outside, we can have fun and increase our mood. Especially if it is time we spend with family and friends.

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Spring is full of new growth and new life. We can create memories with those we love and improve our health all while soaking in the sun’s rays.

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