In our September blog, we talked about how spending time outdoors in nature can improve your health. That’s often easiest in the summer, when it’s warm. You can go to the beach or do all kinds of outdoor activities. However, it’s just as important – and fun! – to spend time outside in the winter. You’ll continue getting those health benefits all year long.
What to Do in Winter
When you think of spending time outside in the winter, you probably think of skiing first. There are lots of other activities you can do outside. Just remember to dress appropriately, don’t get too cold, and enjoy yourself.
Play in the snow – If it snows where you are, you can always take a few minutes to go outside and play! Building a snowman, making snow angels, and (safe) family snowball fights are always fun. You may find an ice skating rink nearby. You could also do something different like paint on the snow. To do that, fill a spray bottle with water, and add a little food coloring. Then, decorate the snow however you want.
Catch up on yard work – Many locations across the United States are warmer and don’t get a lot of snow. If that’s where you live, you might want to take this opportunity to catch up on some tasks outside. If it’s still warm enough to work comfortably, you can do that work without getting too hot.
Hike a nature trail – You can still walk in nature, even if it’s cool. This is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of animals that usually hide in all the green foliage of summer’s plants. Take your camera so you can get great pictures of the differences along your favorite trail. Or, you can take a tent, make sure you have everything you need for a warm fire, and camp along the way.
Where to Vacation in Winter
The United States has a variety of vacation destinations that are just as amazing in winter. It all depends on whether you want to take advantage of the snow or head to a warmer location.
Mountains – Most of the mountains in the United States are cooler in winter, and many have snow a lot of the time. Check out locations along the Rocky Mountains or Appalachian mountains. You could find a ski resort or just a place to relax and take in the snowy view.
History – The cold weather may be one of the best times to take an educational trip. You could try Boston, Philadelphia, or any other location that has a lot of history. There are plenty of parks and outdoor historical sites to wander through. If you get too cold, you can always warm up in a museum or your hotel.
Tropical – If you live somewhere cold, you may want to get away! May we suggest our native Florida? California and Hawaii have some excellent beaches, too. Depending on where you go, you may be able to swim. In some locations, the water’s still a little cool, but you can always take a walk on the beach and enjoy the sun and salty air.
Whatever you’re doing this winter, make sure to spend time in the great outdoors. It’ll benefit your health, and we’re happy to direct you to some locations where you can hike over our bridges and get some inspiration for your next bridge or deck project!