5 Tips To Turn Your Neighborhood Stroll Into An Adventure
Hunkering down in your neighborhood? Here are some ways to turn your neighborhood walk into a unique outing.
If you're looking for inspiration on how you can get your nature fix without even leaving your neighborhood then look no further! Strolling your neighborhood can provide fun and unique ways to train, enjoy nature, and help keep our community safe while Washington is under a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
Here are five ways you can make a simple walk around the block into something adventurous.
1. transform it for training
Who says you need an epic mountain peak to stay in shape or get fit? Find your closest neighborhood hill and do a few laps up and down, or if you're wanting an added challenge, load up a backpack and use the weight for extra training goodness. Hum the Rocky theme as you reach the top each time for added motivation. Fist pumping in the air not required, but encouraged.
2. Bring the binoculars
Whether you live in the middle of the city or in the country or somewhere in between, it's more than likely you live somewhere where birds make their home. Binoculars can make almost anything more interesting and give you a close-up view of wildlife, even in the city. Just avoid aiming them in your neighbor's windows. Nobody needs that.
3. Find something or somewhere new
Even if you've lived somewhere for the last twenty years, it's very possible you've never noticed the little details of your neighborhood. Take your time, stop and look at the small stuff and the big, and really get to know your neighborhood. Take a new route you've never tried before or admire the blooming flowers. You never know what you might find!
4. Identify it
Do you know the scientific name of the tree that grows on the corner? Or maybe the lichen that's attached itself to the trunk of it? Find out what the heck that thing is called! There are a number of field guides online that you can pull up on your phone that will help you identify your neighborhood flora and fauna. Make a game of it and see if you can remember their names on your next walk.
5. Challenge yourself
Think you can find five things on your walk that start with the letter T? Come up with fun games to play while you take your neighborhood stroll to keep your mind engaged. And no, you can't say "tree" five times. That's cheating.
Share Your ideas
Do you have other ideas on how to turn your neighborhood walk into a unique adventure? Leave a comment and share with other hikers! And as always, remember to practice good social distancing (stay 6+ feet away from others) while you're outside. Happy hiking!