The fresh air smells beautiful today. Compared to the air flow in the office, it is a step up. You breathe easily now. It is therapeutic to your lungs. The tree branches sway in the wind and the sun warms up your face. It is a good day. The flowers smell like lavender. Without further ado, I give you 5 Reasons to Go to Your City’s Local Park.
Believe it or not, but you don’t always have to go to a national or state park to get your taste of nature. You can take just a short drive down the street. You can taste nature right in your backyard. For one reason or another, people avoid the outdoors. They don’t have the time or will to do so. This article gives you the reasons otherwise.
Let’s get started.
1. You Need More Nature in Your Life
Nature is therapeutic. In an air stagnant room, toxins build up. Before modern life, people spent much of their time outdoors. The sun shone down on their faces and brought them real joy. Most people spend their days in a car or indoors.
According to the EPA in fact, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. If that number were a week in other words, then most Americans only spend about half a day each week outside. Ouch. That’s quite low. Some people are much higher than the average. It is time to get outside and feel the dirt underneath your finger nails.
If there is one thing for certain, nature makes you kinder, happier, and healthier. If you look out at an open plain or hang out in some redwoods for a bit, then you calm down and breathe easier. A grin creeps onto your face and then lips start to open to make a smile. It is like nature is hugging you and you cannot help but light up.
After your stroll in the park, you are sure to feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready for what comes next.
2. A Walk in the Park is a Shorter Hike
Hikes can last a long time. Most hikes I go on last anywhere from two to six hours. They can take up a good chunk of my day. This is what most people think of when they think of a hike. They conjure up images of trekking through the wilderness on a dirt trail for many hours on end. You have to bring food, water, a backpack, and boots. It can take some planning.
I can’t say the same about a walk in the park. It won’t take more than thirty minutes. If you cannot make the time for a hike, you can make the time for your park much more easily. You have a much easier time on a stroll through the park. A trail can be dirt or often times a sidewalk on nearly flat ground. It is light on your feet and not too difficult a journey.
A hike can be a lot. A walk in the park can be done on a whim with little to no planning. You can go one right now.
3. Nature Boosts Your Creativity
When your brain is ‘on nature,’ then your mind expands. It sees a whole other world. Dopamine levels rise. You feel the fresh air kiss your face. Your anxiety falls. Life feels better.
If you are reading this article on your smartphone or laptop, then this piece is probably not the only written work competing for your attention. There are dozens at your beck and call. You can close the tab and look elsewhere with a few key strokes and I won’t be any the wiser. You are, in other words, overwhelmed with options. It is constant consumption.
On a stroll in the park, how do you consume nature? Well, you really can’t. All the trees, shrubs, bushes, and roses ask of you is to just be with them. You don’t have to strive for anything in particular.
You coexist together.
You relax and your mind can work. Without the constant stimulation, problems can be seen in a whole other light. Your mind works on in the background. Nature restores your attention span.
4. You Will See a Whole Other Side of Your Community
We all too often get caught in a loop of friends, family, school, and work over and over again. You rush from one thing to another and then years slip by before you know it. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but there is so much more to life than just that. There are people around you who are in a similar loop, who are trying to make a difference in their community, who are coaching kids, who are teaching college students, and who are campaigning. You need to see more.
You get a different perspective in your park. You slow down for a bit and think and see the world from a different angle. Maybe some people are practicing Tai Chi, walking with their significant other, playing fetch with their dog, or reading a novel to enjoy their time.
You can meet people and learn about what they’re doing. Indoors you confine yourself to a bubble and see the world in only one dimension. The same cannot be said of a park.
5. It’s Important to Smell the Roses
We can get caught up in our routines. Time flies by. Twenty turns into thirty. Thirty turns forty. Forty transforms into fifty. Fifty hits sixty-five. Pretty soon the world has passed us by and so too has time. It’s over before we know it and we soon realize we haven’t enjoyed ourselves as much as we would have liked.
You need to smell the roses from time to time. Life will pass you by before you know it. You can take the idiom literally or figuratively. What are the roses you want to smell?
If You Enjoy the Park, Then You’ll Love a Hike
I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it. You should make the time this week to go see your nearest park. There is bound to be some new part of the world you haven’t seen before in your community.
If you enjoyed this article and want to level up to a hike, then you are sure to need some boots. Fortunately for you though, my previous article, The Best Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Boots of 2019, has you covered. (I update these types of articles on an annual basis and they come in women’s models :)). You are sure to find the boots you are looking for. You are sure to make some memorable adventures with them.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!