Northwest family outdoor adventures

Our members agree! We asked where people like to get out and stay active, whether they’re camping, hiking, or just spending time in nature. Some of their favorite family hiking spots include Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Quinault Lake, and Eagle Creek. These locations are great for staying active by exercising, hiking as a family, or just spending time soaking up the sun.
 

Here are 4 reasons you should get out into nature

1. You’re outside and moving

Being outside will keep you active, whether it’s hiking, biking, gardening, or swimming. Getting your heart rate up is key to good health. It helps your sleep, keeps your waistline trim, and reduces your risk for health issues like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Sunshine is good for you

Spending time in the sunshine has significant health benefits. Sunlight improves moods and gives you a dose of vitamin D, which strengthens bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Be careful though — prolonged exposure can be damaging to your skin. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen.

Breathe easily

Fresh air is much better for us than the circulated, indoor air. When people go outdoors, their exposure to colds and viruses is much lower.

The “ah” moment

A relaxing environment will help reduce your stress. Being surrounded by gurgling creeks, chirping birds, and aromatic flora is a relaxing way to unwind. With no honking horns, beckoning chores, or buzzing electronics, you can unwind more easily.
 
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