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My resolution this year is to spend at least a half hour a day outside, everyday (and time in the car driving somewhere doesn't count ). I think it's pretty sad that I have to even resolve this. And the fact that I'm inside in front of a computer right now [ ] isn't helping.
So how much time a day do you spend outside breathing fresh air, soaking in sunshine, and hearing the birds chirp? Do you wish it was more?
Yeah, I don't really go outside much. It doesn't help that right now it is snowing and pretty cold out. I think snow shoveling has me outside more than anything else these days.
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oops. Good point about the snow. I guess I've lived in So Cal too long, and have forgotten about that white stuff that comes out of the sky. I do remember shoveling lots of it as a kid, now that you remind me.
When the weather is nice, quite often. I'm a more active person, so I go on long bike rides or walks when I feel I've been sitting inside for too long. I even get a good half-hour work out outside several times per week.
When I lived in San Fransisco for a year I spent most of my time outside. Being able to walk to places instead of driving was like nirvana for me. I'm hoping to move back since where I live now has pretty much nothing to do.
Also when I have to shovel. That's pretty much it for winter; I don't like the cold very much.
Not enough! sounds like a great resolution! Methinks I'll get out more myself - love bastketball on street courts and need to use my MTB more too!
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In the summertime, at least 50% of my waking time is spent outdoors. Even painting and drawing is done en plein air. Other outdoor time is spent running the dog, hiking, lounging about the yard / park, mowing the lawn, maintaining the yard, etc.,etc. In the winter, not so much, although I do spend time snowshoing with my dog and ploughing snow.
Of course, I am of a pre-electronic age - no smart phone, no iPad, no WoW or any other game, no facebook, no Wii. The list of electronic gagetry I don't have goes on and on.
If you want to spend more time outdoors, you will probably need to make some decisions.
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i need to get biking or walking outside, and i need to talk to or see other people, or i go insane. biking to work and back takes 45 mins to 1 hr. i had christmas vacation now and i didn't really get outside much. i find myself walking around outside at 3 am
If school is in order then at least an hour daily will be spent on walking from place to place, most likely more + some lounging in parks with friends or somesuch, especially during springtime. Not so much during winter but the snow doesn't keep off my driveway by itself so some physical exercise is needed. Without school I sometimes don't go out at all for days or I might not get inside for days, I'm comfortable either way.
I spend about an hour and a half outside but i plan to do some life drawing around campus so hopefully that will bring me out more, though it is starting to get cold out =/
I swing wildly between extremes in this one, but I know the more outside I am the happier I am.
I spent a couple of years almost totally inside... and I spent the entirety of last year only going inside to sleep, and even then it was just a little off grid caravan. That made art difficult though, no space and it always got damp or accidentally burnt on the stove.
Don't take up smoking ;P you could go on walks and take mental or actual pictures of your surroundings, learn all the secrets of your town/countryside and smile at random people til certain faces become more familiar, it's very enjoyable :]
At least an hour because I run.
We had a heavy snowfall warning yesterday and today! I spent half an hour shoveling the front walk, waded through the backyard to clear a bit of a path for the wildlife and get the snow off the birdfeeders, and then spent an hour wading to the corner store and back to return some movies. Good times!
And tomorrow, Tylenol.
In the summer? At least an hour a day if the weather's good, usually more.Originally Posted by SpatiallyChallengedSo how much time a day do you spend outside breathing fresh air, soaking in sunshine, and hearing the birds chirp? Do you wish it was more?
In the winter, not so much. It's dark by the time I get home and if there's sunshine it's usually freaking cold out. If it's warmer I like to walk to the train station and to lunch.
I don't go outside as often as I want to(can't do anything without a car.) I usually go to the gym about every weekday, but when It warms up, I might consider jogging outside every morning instead of using the treadmill.
I take a brisk walk for at least an hour every day. If I miss my walk I get cranky and unproductive.
In the summer I often spend most of the day outside because I have no air conditioning. Finding some shade in the park is pretty much the only way to keep from melting into a small puddle, so I take my work outside and stay under a tree until sundown.
If there's an outdoor concert or something going on in the evening, I might stay out until nearly midnight...
This may be weird, but with the relentless heat this past year, I think I've gotten so used to working outside that I now find it harder to focus on certain tasks when I'm inside. (Blue-penciling is one... somehow it doesn't feel quite right anymore if I'm not sitting on grass.)
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The heat in Washington can get really annoying without air conditioning, so I sometimes read or draw outside on a chair in the shade.
Since the car died I've been walking (20 minutes each way) and taking the bus to work. The hill on way home used to kill me but now I'm surprised how quickly I get to the top.
It's always surprised me that it doesn't take a whole lot of activity (done for a while) to get a bit back in shape.Originally Posted by Black SpotSince the car died I've been walking (20 minutes each way) and taking the bus to work. The hill on way home used to kill me but now I'm surprised how quickly I get to the top.
Though it's also surprising just how much resolve it can take to do a little bit of activity (for more than a few days is a row)... I guess having my car break down would provide a bit of incentive.
PS. I don't plan to take up smoking!
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About an hour every few days or so. It's raining now. Suckage.
I get all my social interaction, payments, paying my bills, Social phone calls, and work all at my bedroom computer Desk.
I don't even crave social interaction because of my Schizoid personality type.
So I only ever go out when I need to, because of Uni, work, sketch group, etc. I think the last time I left the house was Friday last week to get Groceries. Most of the rest of the time spent has been animating, painting or face booking.
Sad little introvert that I am...
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dont want it, dont need it. we'll all be without sunshine and birds and bees soon enough, so best get used to life without it....
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Im much the same I spent to much time sitting inside during the winter, in the summer its so much easier since one simply can go draw in a public park.
since its still wintery 1 hours maybe 1 and a half is all i get.
I'm outside for up to 2 hours riding horses or bringing them in from their pastures and feeding them. Although, the riding part can only be considered semi-outside as I usually ride in an enclosed arena. It is still cold and snow comes under the doors, so I consider that "outside" On really bad days, I only go out to feed which takes 40 minutes alone or 20 with help.
It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.
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I don't spend as nearly quite enough time outside as I should. I used to walk everywhere all the time, and I was so much better at taking a sketchbook outside and just sketching things. It probably doesn't help that there's been a bus strike here since November. If I could get downtown a little easier I'd probably be spending most my time in a small cafe, or down at the waterfront.