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Live a Longer, Happier Life with These Outdoor Activities

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It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine. Go to work, come home. Even retirees can get caught in a rut, spending too much time inside. There are so many opportunities for fun outdoor activities, especially when we live in one of the most beautiful places in America. Studies show people who spend more time outdoors are happier. So, next time you think about grabbing the remote and crashing on the couch, try one of these outdoor activities instead.

Boating

This is one of the most popular pastimes in Southwest Florida. Not only is it a great way to unwind, but there are so many beautiful places to explore. This is the perfect way to escape the stresses of life and clear your mind. It can be a personal adventure, an easy way to bond with the family, or a romantic evening with your spouse. From rowboats to ski boats, boating is guaranteed to ease your mind. So, hitch up and head out!

Fishing

While out on that boat, another sure way to get rid of stress is by focusing on something else. Fishing gets your mind off of your to do list and allows you to spend time in nature. Even if it’s just a trip down to the pier or the beach to cast, it’s a great way to get some fresh air. Fishing also comes with a sense of accomplishment, whether you opt to throw the fish back in the water or you bring it home for dinner. Even if you’re not that great at fishing, it doesn’t matter. You know what they say: “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.”

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Hiking

Florida has plenty of state parks and hiking trails to explore. Hiking is good for your heart and also allows you to enjoy Florida scenery and wildlife. Though state parks are great, you don’t have to travel far to go hiking. Even a walk around your neighborhood can help increase your heart rate and calm your mind. If alone time recharges you, then go it alone. If you’d rather hike with a friend, ask someone to come with you. You can even take the stress out of having to plan it by scheduling a consistent day and time of week to go hiking.

Swimming

Not only is swimming relaxing, but it’s also a great form of exercise. Because it’s gentle on the joints, it’s good for all ages. One of the best ways to go swimming in Florida is to take a refreshing dip in the ocean. The salt water has healing properties that go even deeper than the skin. In fact, research shows that the sound of waves actually helps our brains relax. If the ocean isn’t an option for the day, any type of swimming can be just as beneficial. So, whether you hit the pool or the beach, go for a swim today.

Camping & Road Trips

If you have a little bit more time on your hands and you’re ready for a break, a camping trip could be just the thing you need. There are plenty of great camping spots throughout Florida that are easy to access. If you’re ready for a real change of scenery, try taking a road trip across the country. Visit friends or relatives or explore places you’ve always dreamt of going but never have. Traveling provides us with a great sense of purpose and adventure.

Overall, these outdoor activities are good ways to stay happy and healthy. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just want to start living a healthier lifestyle, give them a try. After all, the more time you spend outside, the happier you’ll be.