Research suggests that going outside can boost mental health and improve memory. When you meet up with family, friends and co-workers for outdoor adventures, you build stronger social and emotional connections as well.
When the weather cooperates, look for opportunities to add physical activity to your social events.
Have a picnic. Rather than eating out at a restaurant, eat outdoors. Pack a light meal – try veggie wraps or turkey sandwiches and fruit salad. Or pick up an array of freshly made salads from your local food market. Share the meal with family or friends at a nearby park or beach.
Visit a berry farm. Find out if berry farms or fruit orchards in your area allow you to pick your own fruit. The exercise involved in hunting for berries is fun for the whole family.
Set up lawn bowling or croquet. People at parties naturally gravitate to the food table. Try an activity that gets people on their feet instead so everyone can enjoy some healthy competition.
Hike with a group. Bored with happy hour or poker parties? Change things up and suggest a "hiking hour" that takes you outdoors to nearby park trails. It's a fun way to connect with nature and catch up with friends at the same time.
Have a water fight. If it's hot, why not? Turn on the hose and fill those buckets or balloons. Embrace your inner kid and let yourself be spontaneous and silly.