6 Ways to Get Outside On a Workday
Most of us spend half of our waking weekday hours cooped up inside – or at least know someone who does. What’s more, after clocking out from work, some people find themselves rushing home to continue their at-home “to-do” lists, finding little time for a real breather. Here are six ways to sneak some fresh air into your every day routine without breaking the bank or your schedule.
1. Go For a Walk
Plan to spend one evening a week going for a walk around your neighbourhood – rain, snow, or shine. No excuses! And bring a loved one with you if they’re up to it. You’re more likely to stick to this routine if you have someone to support you.
2. Eat Lunch in the Park
Pack a lunch and find a park bench or a table outside, near your workplace. If you find that your sandwich is soaking up the rain, move to a nearby café and order a warm beverage (and eat your lunch at your desk later, if company policy permits).
3. Walk a Dog – Any Dog!
Does your family fight over who doesn’t have to walk the dog? Opt for being the one to take Fido out (in return for someone else doing a boring indoor chore.) If you don’t have a dog, do your neighbour a favour, or look into volunteering every once in a while at your local animal shelter.
4. Extend the Commute
Consider tacking on 15 to 20 minutes to your commute in order to pencil in a stroll or a bike ride. Not a morning person? Try it on the way home from work instead. You may find it comforting and peaceful to be alone with your thoughts every once in a while, especially if you have just had a particularly long or stressful workday.
5. Have a Meal Outdoors
Consider setting the table for dinner outside, which is especially easy if you have a porch, a balcony or a covered terrace. If not, consider an outing with the family to the park with some home-delivered pizzas or go out for dessert.