Get off the couch and stay healthy

With technology and games we tend to spend a lot of our spare time inside. We have forgotten how many fun things there are for us to do in the great outdoors. It is scientifically proven that it is healthier to be outside on weekends and during your free time. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do boring and mundane tasks like gardening or cutting the grass, there are countless fun things the whole family can do outside. Here is a list of a few fun activities you can do with your family in your own backyard. Put all the technology in a box, this should include smart phones and tablets too and get everyone outside for some fun. A little fresh air is always good!

Get off the couch and stay healthy

Get creative with photography

Grab your camera and turn your garden into your own place of discovery, photograph little creatures and flowers. It might also be fun to do a little bird-watching, who knows you might spot very rare species. This could be the ideal setting for your new family portrait.

Have a family picnic

Grab a blanket and pack a picnic. Nothing is as traditional and fun as a picnic under the big Oak in your garden. Enjoy this time with your loved ones with delicious snacks or perhaps a romantic setting with that special someone. Cheese and wine can never be the wrong option when setting up the perfect romantic picnic. Don’t let the ants keep you away, take a look at for tips on how to make your picnic spot bug free.

Yoga in the garden

Yoga is a fantastic form of relaxation for body, mind and soul. Grab the whole family and your yoga pants and enjoy a few calming exercises outside. This will be fantastic for stress-management and also teach the entire family how to do yoga. Start with a few beginner yoga moves and later advance to the more intermediary poses. Click here for poses to start with.

Star or cloud gazing

Nothing is as relaxing as lying on a blanket looking at the clouds and guessing which animal it looks like. The only thing that could come close to this fun activity would be stargazing. Look up a couple of constellations to look out for and see if you can spot them on a clear night. These activities were the most fun to me when I was a child and made my imagination run miles. Read more about the constellations you should look for when stargazing.

Camp in your own backyard

If you have a tent and some camping equipment you don’t need to pay anything or even leave your home. Set your camp up outside, make a bonfire and enjoy the night sounds from the little critters in your own backyard. It isn’t unusual for grownups to do some of the things they enjoyed the most as a child. Camping in the garden was definitely one of my highlights.

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