Spend More Time Outdoors! #LiveLifeOutside

Thanks to TruGreen for sponsoring this post as part of the Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are my own.

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It’s sad to think that children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. I remember when I was a child, all we did was play outside! We used to go outside after lunch time and play outside until the sun was setting or until my mom would call us for dinner. We never really spent a lot of time watching TV or playing on video games or tablets. Now, I hardly see children playing outside and the ones I do see are all noses down in their smartphones.

This summer, TruGreen is on a mission to encourage others to spend less time inside and more time outside creating memories with their loved ones.

Did you know that children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration. (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg et al., 2007) In addition, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sixty minutes of daily unstructured free play is essential to children’s physical and mental health. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008)

I honestly try my best to get Zach outside to play for at least an hour or two each day especially during the summer when he doesn’t have school. Now that summer has come and gone so fast, I often wonder if we spent enough time outdoors making memories and having our own adventures. Although we still have a few weeks left of summer, I can say that I’m impressed with how much time we spent outside as a family.

We’ve played countless times in our backyard with the sprinklers, bubbles, and had so many BBQs. We’ve gone to the water park and splash pad quite a number of times and even recently spent the entire day at Michigan’s Adventure. Every night before sunset, we go walking around the neighborhood for at least an hour and have spent our most recent weekends at the lake. It’s been really great and I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors with my family before the start of the school year.

My family and I enjoy living life outside, does yours?

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10 Responses to “Spend More Time Outdoors! #LiveLifeOutside”

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    Heather @ Country Life, City Wife — August 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I cringed when the first thing my 10 year old stepdaughter would do each morning after she got up is reach for her phone. Nope. No more of that. We created a list which included a minimum of physical activity each day. We do try to get outside and bike, hike and so forth. Of course, in the southern heat and humidity that sometimes is a bit hard to do (or when we have these crazy lightning and thunderstorms), but I want less electronics and more play time. It’s SO important! I will definitely check out the sweepstakes, thanks for the info!

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    Jelli — August 8, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I’m totally with you! As a kid I pretty much lived outside on sunny days (and the rainy ones when my mom didn’t notice I’d escaped to jump in puddles). My kids do spend tons of time outdoors and since they’re little they don’t have any techie devices to play on (though they both know the ins and outs of their aunt and uncle’s smartphones). It’s one of my top priorities as a parent to keep my kids imagination wild and free by letting them play outdoors and with simple toys (jump ropes, balls, sidewalk chalk, etc.)

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    Anosa — August 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    It is so sad to see many children with heads down staring at their latest gadgets. Like you me and my siblings always played outside with our friends and created such wonderful memories. I think it’s great that you and your family are making an effort

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    Dee — August 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I believe that it is important for this generation to know what it like to spend time outside. Yet, it takes parents to want to show them the beauty of enjoying the outdoors.

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    Bites for Foodies — August 9, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Ok, I need to get to this Michigan Adventure place!! It looks AWESOME!! I went to Cedar Point earlier this year and I have to say it’s time for a change…of amusement park! ;-)

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    Tami — August 9, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I have never been much of an outsider. However, I believe it’s important for all of us, parents and children alike, to get outdoors. Both exercise and a little sunshine are excellent for our physical and mental health.

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    Kendall — August 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I LOVE this!!!! It’s so important to spread awareness that spending time outside is so important. I love being outside and doing fun things! It’s a great way to spend quality time together and get some fresh air and maybe even some exercise. Love this post!

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    Alison — August 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I completely agree about spending time outside…sometimes I feel like I have to force my kids out there and all I remember is being forced by my mom to come in when it started to get dusky out! Times sure are different, but this is a good reminder to maybe take myself outside more often and maybe the kids will follow suit! Teach by example you know….

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    Farrah Less G. — August 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I totally agree everything that you have said. If we could all encourage our kids to get active and explore the beauty of outdoor nature. I think they will more healthy and more engaged to nature and people. Sometimes life is more complicated with technology.

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    Francisca Ramos — August 10, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I need to spend time outdoors with my family. Michigan’s Adventure looks like so much fun. Next time I go to Michigan and visit family. I will check out Michigan’s Adventure with my family. Thanks for sharing.

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