It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and there’s neither work nor school for anyone in the family. Yet, because of laziness or a preference to do indoor activities like using the computer or playing video games, no one wants to come out and enjoy the sun!
Is that a scenario familiar to you? It seems that this is a case that is likely to fall on most of us, especially with children, who love staying in their room all day playing with toys or their Playstation devices. They are not receiving the benefits of being outdoors! Not only is it healthier to breathe the fresh air and bask in the sunlight (with sunscreen if necessary), it promotes more family time and increases interactivity between everyone. Here are some ways you can get your family out more often.
Make the outdoors a fun environment
Of course, there is no better way to lure your kids out of bed than making them know that there are exciting activities to do out in the yard. Consider investing in a trampoline or a basketball hoop that are not only fun to play with, but gives everyone the opportunity to exercise as well. If the physical stuff is too taxing, you can opt to buy a kite or a remote controlled airplane that can also keep them entertained for hours.
Take the indoor stuff outside
Who says the indoor stuff has to be done indoors? Take the board games out of the room and play with them in the garden. If your family members are big fans of television shows, bring the TV outside so they can continue watching it while having a barbecue (don’t worry there are outdoor TV covers that you can purchase for use in the event of rain).
Make it possible to rest outside
You don’t necessarily need to retreat into your house if you’re looking to take a break. Buy a comfortable chair that you can rest for hours on end, or buy a hammock or outdoor sleeping mat so you can take a nap but still continue to benefit from the outdoors.