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Outdoor Activity

There is nothing better than getting out and about to enjoy some fresh air and fun. A lot of people spend their whole time indoors, either in the office or in their homes. It’s not a healthy lifestyle. I feel staid if I don’t indulge in some outdoor activity. I get insomnia if I stay inside all week. Even a walk in the park makes me feel better, or a half hour of throwing a Frisbee around.

Games like badminton and volleyball are fun to do outside. I especially like to play games on the beach when I’m on vacation. My family and I like to play boules. It’s a habit we picked up when we visited France. Outdoor activity should be part of your routine, and you shouldn’t let bad weather keep you in. A vigorous snowball fight keeps you young! It would have to be pretty stormy to stop me from sledging.

Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to involve exercise. A simple picnic at the weekend is a good tonic after a hard week at work. I enjoy just going down to the local pond with a loaf of stale bread, and feeding the ducks. I also like to go fishing, early on a morning, on the river. It’s wonderfully relaxing to sit idly on the riverbank. Outdoor activity is good for the mind and the body.

There is a lot of discussion today about the state of health amongst the younger generation. Every survey shows that they don’t get enough exercise and spend too much time in front of the TV and computer. I think the problem may be exaggerated when it comes to the statistics quoted, but it’s still worrying. Parents must do everything in their power to instill a love of outdoor activity in their children from a young age. Take them camping and get them hooked!

Lots of different pastimes can capture the imagination of the young. An outdoor activity such as orienteering or hiking may appeal to them. Other activities could include bird watching or going on night walks to look for nocturnal creatures. My children enjoyed looking for moths, badgers and bats. Another outdoor activity we all enjoy as a family is to go paintballing. It’s a great way to let off steam and it’s good exercise too. If you have a suitable tree in the garden, you could build a tree house. Then the kids could live in it all summer.

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