Did you know that spending time in the sun is good for your health? Sunshine provides many benefits that can improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Sunshine provides vitamin D, which the human body needs to grow and carry out important processes. Spending time in the sun also leads to a better mood, while not enough exposure to sunlight contributes to symptoms of depression. As referenced here, increased exposure to sunlight has even been shown to help with insomnia.
Are you looking for some fresh ideas to spend more time in the sun? Unfortunately, at this point in the summer you may be sick of spending time outside in the heat. The key is to find outdoor activities that are enjoyable!
Here are 15 simple ways you can spend time in the sun and enjoy it:
1. Start a water war. Get your friends or family involved and start a war in the yard with anything that holds water. Consider buckets, plastic containers, water guns, water balloons, a hose, water bottles with squirt tops, or even clean ice cream jugs.
2. Play badminton. Volleyball is pretty common in the summer, as is tennis. Consider trying a sport that falls in the middle and try badminton instead.
3. Paint with your toes. Purchase some finger paint and large rolls of paper (or posterboard). Place the paper on the sidewalk or driveway and paint a mural using only your feet.
4. Row or paddle a boat. Head to the nearest body of water and rent a watercraft. Whether you head out in a rowboat, canoe, kayak, paddle boat, or even small sailboat, you can enjoy time on the water and get some exercise.
5. Play bucketball. Grab all the buckets and round balls you can find. Head out to the yard and set up your own game of bucketball. Set buckets up all over the yard and then place a ball at each shooting point for each basket. Assign a point value to each bucket. Players then have the opportunity to toss each ball into its designated bucket and collect points for every shot made. Have some fun and make up your own variations!
6. Go for a walk. Use your car less and your legs more. Use a work break to go for a short walk around the outside of the building. Walk between errands that are close to each other. If you do drive, park far away from the entrance and walk a little more.
7. Picnic. Take every opportunity you can to eat outside. Consider eating breakfast outside. Make simple meals and spread out a blanket on the grass, instead of setting the table inside. If you eat at a restaurant, opt for outdoor seating when available.
8. Get your hands in the dirt. Plant flowers, herbs, or a full scale garden. If prime planting season has already passed in your area, try making a sandcastle, cleaning up an area in your yard, or find a place where you can pick your own vegetables.
9. Read outside. Use the sun to light up the pages of an exciting novel. Or do some research on a topic that interests you. Do you have a lot of reading to do for work or another assignment? Take the reading outside!
10. Visit the nearest zoo. The zoo is a great place to visit at any age. Most zoos have indoor and outdoor exhibits, offering a great way to enjoy time in the sun and take a chance to cool off in the shade too.
11. Shop at a sidewalk sale. If you love shopping, find out when your favorite stores are holding sidewalk sales and shop outside. You can spend a little time in the sun and get some great deals too!
12. Attend an outdoor event. From festivals and outdoor concerts, to air shows and art walks, you can find an outdoor event that matches your interests. Remember that you don’t need to spend time in the sun during the heat of the day to still enjoy many of the benefits of sunlight.
13. Cheer on your favorite team. Do you know a child or adult on a sports team? Go cheer them on at their next game or meet. Baseball games, swimming and diving meets, track meets, and even races can be fun to watch, especially if you know one of the athletes involved.
14. Spend a day at a fair or carnival. Ride the Ferris wheel, knock over some milk bottles, and enjoy some cotton candy. Go with friends, family, or on a date.
15. Schedule outdoor family photos. Does your family need updated family photos? Hire your favorite photographer to take some pictures outdoors.
While spending time in the sun does provide many great benefits, you may also experience some negative consequences as well. Make sure that you always wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and take breaks in the shade. By choosing outdoor activities you actually enjoy, and in taking necessary precautions, you can add extra light to your life.
Guest post by author: Whitney Hollingshead