Great Outdoors Month

 

June is the first month of summer. Get out and enjoy the fresh air and reap the health benefits!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the outdoors.

 

Here are some fun outdoor activities to enjoy:

Hiking – Go to a local park or state park. Check out these trails to do your hiking:

Very near, or in Omaha:

  • Chalco Hills Trails, Omaha.   7 miles of trails – map
  • Fontenelle Forest National Recreation Trail, Bellevue. 19 miles of trails –  map
  • Metro Area Trails System, Council Bluffs/Omaha.  The Metro Area Trails System encompasses more than 120 miles of trails.  The link to this handy flyer contains information on each trail;  distance, location, facilities, etc.
  • Ponca State Park, Ponca.  22 miles of hike/bike trails – map
  • Zorinsky Lake, Omaha.  7.8 mile loop map

Farther from Omaha:

 

Biking – Don’t own a bike? Try out the bike share system operated by the Heartland Bike Share.  Enjoy a ride around the city.  Many trails allow bicycles, but check the links mentioned above to be sure.

 

 

 

Bird watching – The National Audubon Society website contains detailed information on bird watching.  Here are the pages for Iowa   and Nebraksa.

 

 

 

Walking – Take a pleasant walk on any of the trails mentioned above or just walk around your neighborhood.  Omaha has many organized neighborhood walking tours.  Here are just a couple:  GPSMYCITY  and   Restoration Exchange Omaha

 

So get out there and enjoy these health benefits from being in the great outdoors:

  1. Thirty minutes of exercise can reduce health risk factors.
  2. Moderate exposure to sunlight lets your body generate Vitamin D.
  3. Enhanced concentration.
  4. Stress reduction
  5. Mental health – can decrease levels of anxiety, depression, and may improve cognitive function in people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and attention disorders.

Check out more information about Great Outdoors Month here: https://www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org/

Resources:

https://www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org/

http://outdoornebraska.gov/hikingtrails/

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nebraska/hiking-in-ne/

https://www.communitycommons.org/board/story/2016/11/the-great-outdoors-5-physical-and-mental-health-benefits/

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