How to Get Outside During the School Year

School busSchool starts back this month in Northwest Arkansas. And while the back to school season is certainly exciting, it does present a real problem. Students and parents alike are asking, “How do I get outside during the school year?”. Books are great and all, but they kind of get in the way of fresh air and sunshine. Don’t get stuck indoors this year. Here are some ways to get outside during the school year.

Not every outing needs to be an expedition

We can’t all go on epic week-long adventures, but that’s OK. Sometimes spending just a little time outside is all you need. If you have a free Tuesday afternoon, or nothing to do Thursday morning, go for a quick climb, bike ride, or hike. That can hold you over until the weekend arrives.

Make a point to get out on weekends

Big tests and important projects are good reasons to stay home on the weekends. Laziness is not. If you really want to spend more time outside this school year, get out and do it. Plan ahead, and finish studies before the weekend arrives, and make a conscious effort to do it.

Set your sights

Give yourself a goal for how many times you want to get outside, and meet it. Try for an average of one outing a week.

Study outside

Your classes are indoors, but your studies don’t have to be. Find a nice picnic table, roll out a blanket, or hang a hammock, and do your homework outside. You might find that the fresh air helps you study better.

Know your holidays and days off

Don’t let a 3-day weekend sneak up on you. Know when you can spend more time outside, and make plans to do so.

Bike or walk to school

Sure, it’s no trail or park, but time spent outside is good no matter how you spend it.


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