PLAN YOUR PLAYTIME
Too often the excuse for not spending time on outdoor recreation is lack of time. Good news, you don't need hours of free time every day to increase cognitive benefits and have fun. After just 15 minutes of being outside, people begin to feel psychologically restored. Making it much more attainable to plan on playing at a playground, exploring the trails, or sitting by a river listening to the water.
As helpful as planning playtime can be, being spontaneous in your recreation activities has potential for you to be happier with your life. Spontaneity has a go with the flow feeling helping you to make the best of every situation. Going into an activity with no plan or expectation reduces stress levels and may leave more room for enjoyment of the activity.
Spending time outdoors not only benefits your physical health like lowering your chances of diabetes and high blood pressure, but also your mental health decreasing depression and attention deficit disorder. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, “If youth are active 25 minutes a day 3 days a week: 243,830 fewer overweight/obese youth and $20 billion in saved medical costs”.