A recent New York Times article explored the risks of uninterrupted engagement with a computer screen. Beware: Computer Vision Syndrome! With the summer solstice behind us, it's time to leave your computer screen and get outside. Here are five simple ways to break the cycle and get the most out of this summer.
Allow yourself ~30 minutes before getting ready for work to go on a jog around your neighborhood (or our favorite: along New York City's Hudson River). Waking up little earlier to allow for that morning jog is a small price to pay for how great you'll feel for the rest of the day.
Some of the best experiences in life are those we never expected. Set aside a block of time, put your smartphone away, and go on a totally unplanned adventure. Ask people for directions along the way and let your curiosity direct your path. Take photos if you are so inclined, but try to keep your text messaging at bay and stay in the moment!
Take the Plunge
There will never be a better time or reason to dive into a cool, refreshing body of water. Find a pool or if you are the adventurous type, a natural body of water, and unleash your inner fish. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water-based exercise improves mental health, and can improve mood in both men and women.
Bring Lunch Outside
Enough of those “lunch at your desk" days! Gather some colleagues or head out solo, and find a nice grassy area or sidewalk bench for your meal. Plug in to your favorite music channel or just vibe to the hustle and bustle around you while you enjoy your well-deserved meal. It might just taste better!
Make Nature Your Gym
Take your workout outside. Stash the weights and dumbbells and try resistance exercises instead. Rather than simulate inclined runs on a treadmill, run up an actual hill. Exhale and inhale clean, fresh air, and look up - summer’s here!