Everyone does it—spends time making excuses as to why they don’t spend more time outdoors. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. You don’t have the time between work, family, cleaning, going to the gym, and social obligations to spend time in the great outdoors. The list of excuses goes on and on. If you’ve been spending more time indoors than even you would like, then it’s time to make the time to spend quality time outside.

Whether it’s taking your pooch for a walk in the park, heading to the beach for the day, or some other sneaky way to get outdoor time in, it can be done if you put being more outdoorsy at the top of your to-do list. In this article, you’ll find a few easy ways to spend more time outdoors.

1. Eat outside.

You can eat outside when you’re at home or in a restaurant. Most people can’t count the number of times they’ve eaten meals in front of their computer or in front of the TV. If you’re looking to get outside more, then eat a few of your meals outside. When you’re at a restaurant, sit on their patio and eat if they have outdoor dining. If you’re eating at home, take your meal out to the picnic table in the backyard, or bring the entire family out for a picnic on the grass. You’ll be getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and eating at the same time, which is a win-win for you.

It is important when you’re eating outside or anytime that you’re gathered outside with your family, friends, and pets to have reliable, effective natural mosquito spray for yard use. Mosquitos, ticks, fleas, ants and other pests can easily ruin a picnic or other outdoor activity. Not to mention the diseases that mosquitoes carry, such as Zika, Malaria, and West Nile Virus.

Natural mosquito sprays that carry essential oils, lavender, peppermint, or other forms of mosquito control are needed if you’re going to be outside, especially in the spring and summer months. A good repellent will help to protect your family, friends, and pups from mosquito bites and other biting pests while you eat and play.

2. Spend time at the park.


From dog parks to parks with hiking trails, there’s plenty to do outside if you spend time at the park. Take a Saturday morning, grab your pup’s leash and walking harness and head out to explore the parks in your area. However, before you head out to drive to the park, make sure to purchase your pup a dog car harness to keep him safe on the way there. The seat belt harness will keep your small dog safe if an accident should happen and will keep him from wandering around your car, where he could cause an auto accident as well. While you want to play at the park with your dog and take him for walks, pet safety should be your top concern, whether at the dog park itself or on the hiking trails he’s allowed on.

3. Plan social time with friends and family outside.


Even with social distancing in effect, there are plenty of activities you can do with your friends and family outside. Take a trip to the beach, instead of going to a movie. Have a BBQ in your backyard, and then let everyone take a dip in the pool instead of going to a restaurant to eat and then to the clubs. If you plan your social time with friends and family outside, you’ll be meeting your social obligations and being outdoors at the same time.

These are just a few of the easy ways you can spend more time outdoors. From spending time at the park to eating outside, there’s a way to do it; you just have to be willing to try.