January is the time for new resolutions. Health and wellness goals usually take center stage with many of us taking a jog around the neighborhood or hitting the gym for a quick workout. To find inspiration beyond the treadmill and the neighborhood, experience the real outdoors by getting out to Florida’s vast array of parks and forests.
Being active outdoors offers many health benefits, both physical and mental. Not only does it offer a dose of exercise, but there is nothing quite like immersing yourself in nature and breathing in the fresh air. It gives you a chance to take a step outside of your busy everyday life to decompress and clear your head.
The Goethe State Forest offers over 53,000 acres of natural Florida for you to explore, with hundreds of miles of trails perfect for biking, jogging or even a leisurely stroll. Having the ever-changing scenery of the forest while you are walking is much more invigorating than staring at the time countdown on the treadmill. Spending time outdoors also can foster mindfulness, allowing you to enjoy the beauty around you and appreciate the tranquility. While you are getting those steps in (and soaking in the Vitamin D), relax, sweat a little, and let your mind wander.
Getting in a little outdoor exercise doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Grab a buddy, hit the trails this weekend and crush your health and wellness goals!
Goethe State Forest: fdacs.gov/Forest-Wildfire/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Goethe-State-Forest
blackprong.com/explore-goethe (352) 486-1234 / 450 SE County Road 337 Bronson, FL