Twenty Minutes Can Change Your Life

Health Benefits of Being Outside

Being outside for 20 minutes can increase your creativity and wake you up as much as one cup of coffee can! And that is only from being outside for 20 minutes!

Think about all the things you can do with twenty minutes:

Watch half an episode of Mad Men.

Fix a sandwich and eat it.

Look at this blog and others like it.

Facebook stalk anyone.

Talk to your dogs and pretend you are one of them.

(That is my list; please feel free to insert your own ideas here).

Ok, so we can do a lot with twenty minutes. Now, what if you went outside for those twenty minutes instead? Now, I am not talking about going outside of your front porch and sitting down (even though this also has benefits). I want you to actually walk down your street, or drive to the park and walk around, or head up the trail. The research is plenty and most websites are always promoting how important it is to be outside. Personally, I know that when I get home from work that I need to go outside as soon as possible. If I do not make it out to the park to run for my ten-twenty minutes, than I am a real grouch for the rest of the night.

Now, I may not always realize how angry or tired that I am if I do not go outside, but my spouse does notice. When I go outside for those 20 minutes, I feel energized and ready to cook dinner, finish homework, clean the house, do arts & crafts, etc.

I challenge you here and now, go out every day for 20 minutes. This can be on your lunch break or it can be after work. Walk, run, jump, and enjoy the beauty that is all around you. (Yes, this means that even if you go to the gym, you still need to get outside).

I am lucky that I have two dogs that greet me at home and cannot wait for our daily outing. This makes it worthwhile, but also I am held responsible to partake in my outside activities each day because there are two pooches that wait for me to grab their leashes. (I am not saying that you need to go adopt dogs to make you accountable for your outside time, however dogs are amazing and will change your life!)

I do want you to check this video out on a women that makes a wonderful point and paints a new idea on how to incorporate the outside time into your daily schedule. She stated the “walk and talk”. She does her meetings while walking.

Check out her TED talk: Take a Walk

She is Nilofer Merchant. She “suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.”

Now, step up to the challenge and let us know how different it has made your life. Post your pictures or your comments about your Daily 20 here.

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