Park it Like it’s Hot

Yellowstone National Park. image source: http://www.nationalparks.org; flickr - garshna

I know, I know. It’s been a long week. But hey! It’s almost the weekend! Got any plans? Though a insert your favorite TV show marathon while wrapped in a snuggie sounds tempting, why not change things up this weekend?! Spend some quality time with your long, lost BFF, Mother Nature!

It’s National Park Week! So this means FREE ADMISSION to any of the 397 national parks in the United States. This year’s theme is “Picture Yourself in a National Park.” I challenge you to not just picture yourself at one, but to take a picture of yourself at a national park! Now’s the perfect time to check off “Hike a 5-mile trail” or “Hug a Sequoia” from that bucket list of yours! Click here to find a national park near you.

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise. You can hike, bike, swim, nature walk, bird watch, camp, kayak, and so much more! “Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases” (CDC). If you’re not sure how much exercise you need, then check out CDC’s Guidelines for Physical Activity. Let nature be your gym this weekend!

Beautiful, blue skies and sunny, warm weather with a high chance of fun? Yea, I think so. Enjoy National Park Week before it’s too late! NPW ends April 29! And while you’re out there, #instanature! Everyone ‘s Lo-fi flowers, Earlybird birds, and Hefe hills!

By ALYSSA LLAMAS

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado #instanature. Photo by Alyssa Llamas

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5 responses to “Park it Like it’s Hot

  1. Good post– probably telling on myself here, but “when we were kids, we played outside from dawn till dusk”– it really is true. Our summers we spent at the neighborhood pool, and after school we played kickball in the street until the lights came on and we had to go home. I try to get my grandkids outside to play every chance I get– whether at the playground near their house or the doggie park where they throw the ball and chase our yellow Lab, Max. There is no substitute for fresh air, running, and playing.

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