Saturday, June 11, 2016, was National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day for short. This year marked the ninth annual recognized day, but it was the first time I had heard of it. Thanks, random TV commercial!
I talk all the time about the importance of getting outside more. The benefits of fresh air and sunshine are pretty obvious. Even more significant could be the variety of activity – moving your body in a new way, breaking a pattern of boredom, enjoying competition and company or just plain playing.
This special day gave me the perfect opportunity to pester all my training clients via text message, saying “Today is National Get Outdoors Day. Do something fun!”
I took this idea to heart, too. My husband and I were in Vermont that weekend for a wedding. The event was not taking place until 5:00 in the evening, so a group of family and friends and us went for a hike. Although it wasn’t an extreme excursion, it was on target, and may have been one of my most majestic experiences. (The Trapp Family Lodge scenery will not disappoint!)
I was also happy that we turned our whole long weekend into a Great Outdoors adventure by visiting Moss Glen Falls, the “most photogenic waterfall in the state,” and doing a trek along the above-cloud rocky trail of Mount Mansfield, covering about one-third of the trail toward the summit in 46 degrees and 40 mile per hour winds. (Don’t worry. We rewarded ourselves for this physical toll by touring the local Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory later.)
I heard back from my clients…
My shirt for the day! (with a photo of her wearing a “Celebrate the Great Outdoors” t-shirt)
Sweet. Fits my plan of walking to a lake […] and taking pictures.
Ok. Will do it!
I bought a huge piece of cake and ate it OUTDOORS!! (just kidding)
Incredible case study. I was a champion of GO Day as well as a good influence. ☺