95 Ways to Spend More Time Outside

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The rigors of the daily routine often make it difficult to get outside. From spending time with family and friends, the nine to five, and an abundance of other things, our obligations can get in the way. Combined with limited access to the outdoors, which could be based on something as common as not having a car or not living anywhere close to a park, it’s easy to understand why the average American spends 95 percent of their life inside.

When some people think spending time outdoors means traveling far away, it only makes things harder. Especially when that distance is amplified by activities that you can’t do close to home. Things that require a certain amount of gear, or others that are just plain difficult. Although we believe experiences like these are great ways to enjoy the outdoors, they’re not the only way.

And since there’s no single reason why human beings started spending so much time indoors, we think there’s no single way we can address it. A multitude of symptoms require more than one solution. So, we created a list of ways to spend more time outside. Some big. Some small. Some you can do right outside your door. Others will require more effort.

Either way, we want to help combat the fact that we spend 95 percent of our life indoors, with 95 ways to spend more time outside. We hope this list serves as inspiration and motivation, a little nudge in the right direction (hopefully, that’s outside).

  1. Explore a local park
  2. Walk a mile
  3. Check out a new neighborhood
  4. Camp someplace new
  5. Camp someplace old
  6. Dance in the rain
  7. Find the end of a rainbow
  8. Take a nap in the grass
  9. Park your car and walk
  10. Take a hike
  11. Run around your block
  12. Swim in a swimming hole
  13. Swing on a swing
  14. Take your dog for an extra-long walk
  15. Run your hand through wet grass
  16. Sit on your stoop
  17. Sit on your neighbor’s stoop
  18. Watch the sunset from a rooftop
  19. See what’s under a rock
  20. Take a short backpacking trip
  21. Play on a playground
  22. Jump in a lake
  23. Surf with a friend
  24. See the sunrise once a week
  25. Read a book under a tree
  26. Ride a single-track trail
  27. Listen to a new album under the sun
  28. Look for shooting stars
  29. Climb the biggest hill you can see
  30. Go bouldering with a buddy
  31. Do yoga in the park
  32. Start gardening
  33. Learn to ski
  34. Snowboard till the lifts stop
  35. Go find a trail near the office
  36. Ride your bike to work
  37. Take a walk at lunch
  38. Spend an extra day in the woods
  39. Stand barefoot in a bog
  40. Run a mile at any pace
  41. Have a picnic
  42. Feel sand in your toes
  43. Plant a tree
  44. Get a grass stain
  45. Splash in a stream
  46. Jump in a puddle
  47. Hang out in a hammock
  48. Dunk your head in a waterfall
  49. Watch the moon rise
  50. Kayak wherever you can
  51. Jump in some leaves
  52. Get your boots dirty
  53. Frolic in a meadow
  54. Drink hot chocolate in the snow
  55. Catch a snowflake on your tongue
  56. Chase your dog
  57. Count the stars in the night sky
  58. Let your dog chase you
  59. Have a snowball fight
  60. Cookout in the backyard
  61. Boogie board. Just because.
  62. Feel the wind on your face
  63. Go paddle boarding
  64. Ride a chair lift in the summer
  65. Get muddy. Like really muddy.
  66. Surround yourself with trees
  67. Walk a dry creek bed
  68. Stroll around the city
  69. Stop and smell the roses. Literally.
  70. Get saltwater in your hair
  71. Go to sleep in a tent
  72. Wake up in a tent
  73. Take a friend fly-fishing
  74. Go trail running
  75. Look for a four-leaf clover
  76. Listen to the birds
  77. Play catch with your kids
  78. Take your lunch break out back
  79. Sit on a pier
  80. Visit a national park
  81. Float a river
  82. Get lawn seats to a concert
  83. Have a walking meeting
  84. Sit around a campfire
  85. Check out a local farmers market
  86. Take a walk before work
  87. Take a walk after work
  88. Stand on a summit (any size will do)
  89. Make dinner and eat on the deck
  90. Just hang out in the grass
  91. Make friends with a boat owner
  92. Cook something on a camp stove
  93. Listen to the ocean
  94. Drink from a spring
  95. #OptOutside

Take the quiz at REI.com/FindYourPath and see how you can spend more time outside. Then, get going.

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