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10 Ideas To Get Outdoors When Life Gets Busy

It's no secret that there are tons of amazing benefits that come from spending time in the outdoors. Unfortunately, life can sometimes get in the way, making it hard to get outdoors with our families as much as we would like. Days fill up with errands, Dr's appointments, afterschool activities, and homework. Add to that sick kiddos, shorter winter days and the busy holiday season and outside time can become a thing of the past.

Here is a list of ideas to help keep the outdoor motivation strong even when life has other plans.

1. Put it on the calendar If you actually sit down and figure out when you can fit some outdoor fun into your schedule, then it's much more likely that you will make it happen.

2. Include others in your outdoor time Make plans with other outdoor loving friends and families. Organizations like Hike It Baby and Wild Outsiders Club makes this so easy! Host a hike or join one that is already scheduled. If you know that other people are counting on you, it's less likely that you will cancel. The kiddos will also be way more excited knowing that there will be other children to adventure with.

3. Find a spot close to home Outdoor time doesn't need to be something big and complicated. Go to the park or find a trail close to home. As long as you get outside, it is a win in my book.

4. Plan the night before Lots of times getting out the door is the hardest part. Get the clothes laid out, snacks ready and all the gear in the car the night before and most of your work is done. You can even prepare a breakfast on the go the night before, so all you have to do when you wake-up is get the kids dressed, put them in the car and go go go!!!