Editorial: Enjoy time in the great outdoors

Published 3:29 pm Thursday, April 9, 2020

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With Gov. Tim Walz’s extension of Minnesota’s stay-at-home order through May 4, it has never been more important to find ways to get outdoors for both exercise and mental health.

Whether it’s doing yard work, going for a walk or run, or simply enjoying some rest and relaxation out on your patio, the fresh air will do everyone some good.

Being outdoors can boost your Vitamin D levels, relieve stress and anxiety, and increase happiness.

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You’ll be amazed how much even 20 minutes outdoors can make you feel amid all the other uncertainty in the world.

In Freeborn County, we are blessed to have many opportunities to stay active outdoors, including bike lanes, the Blue Zones Walkway, the Blazing Star Trail and Myre-Big Island State Park. Many neighborhoods also have sidewalks to ensure safety for walking.

In a few weeks, gardening season will begin, and people will be sprucing up their flowerpots and planting vegetables. The fishing opener is also right around the corner.

Though it will be tempting to meet friends for walks or have outdoor gatherings, it’s important to remember that being outdoors does not make people immune to spreading the virus, and people should still practice social distancing guidelines as encouraged by state health officials.

Take advantage of the opportunities available, and enjoy some time in the great outdoors.