It’s hard to believe, but fall is in the air. As I am writing this I’m sipping my coffee, wearing a sweatshirt and sitting in the tent camping section with the birds chirping around me. I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough of being outside in these slightly cooler temps!
Have you been cooped up at home a little more than usual this summer? This is the perfect time to take a much-deserved break and get back into nature. Spending time in the great outdoors not only can be a fun way to break up the daily routine but it can actually benefit your health and well-being!
A 2019 study including nearly 20,000 subjects found that spending at least 120 minutes outside per week to be associated with self-reported improved health and wellness. Spending time outside has been shown to reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones while increasing psychological well-being.*
This study also concluded that it did not matter if the time spent outside needed to be all at once or broken up throughout the week. This is great news if you are like me and enjoy a quick afternoon stroll! But also, if you’ve found yourself dealing with a particularly tough work-week, why not take the weekend to catch up on your time spent in nature?
There is no time like the fall to pitch a tent at MQ and sit around the 'propane' campfire (as of the writing of this blog, Comal County is in a burn ban, but you can have a propane fire). Especially now, while you get the best of both worlds: temperatures still warm enough in the day to enjoy the lake & river and temperatures cool enough to get a great night’s sleep.
Maybe camping isn’t for you: if not, we have you covered! Try a night in a glamping Tipi, which includes the luxuries like heat/AC, comfy beds and propane fire pits. Or maybe a Tiny House is more your style with a full kitchen, ample sleeping arrangements and full amenities. On-site, enjoy our nature trail, swimming pool, playground, bocce ball, volleyball, horseshoes, meditation area, hammocks and so much more!
What are you waiting for? Go enjoy some time outside!
*White, M.P., Alcock, I., Grellier, J. et al. Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Sci Rep 9, 7730 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-44097-3