Practice eating mindfully: While you’re outside enjoying the beautiful scenery, that could be a great time to try mindful eating. Why should you try it? Mindful eating has been linked with stress relief and recognizing natural hunger and fullness cues, which help you eat the right amount for you. Interested?
Follow these steps to eat mindfully:
1. Take a deep breath & put down or tune out distractions.
2. Observe your food with all your senses: how does it look? Smell? Feel?
3. Place a bite of food on your tongue. Is the texture changing? Is the taste what you expected?
4. After a few seconds, chew normally. Reflect: how does this differ from how you normally eat?
Soak up that Vitamin D: You already know Vitamin D helps build strong bones, so head outside and soak it in (if you’re going to be out for a long time, don’t forget your sun screen!). You can also get vitamin D from milk, fortified orange juice, fish and mushrooms.
Fuel your outdoor adventures: Looking for something that won’t go bad while you’re out in the hot sun? Grab some trail mix with dried fruit. Freeze some grapes ahead of time to keep you cool out in the sun. Don’t forget to drop some of your favorite berries or citrus fruits and ice into your water bottle to stay deliciously hydrated.
Challenge yourself with a Stadium run: Did you know that the FAU Football Stadium is open for use Mon – Thurs from 8am – 5pm?
Embrace mother nature with a trail run/walk: Tortuga Trail is located right on campus and is great way to mix up your walk or run
Join in one of Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Bootcamp Classes: These classes take place across from the Recreation & Fitness Center, next to the parking garage and stadium. Check out a current class schedule here, http://www.fau.edu/campusrec/fitness/group_fit_schedule.php
Discover something new at the FAU Challenge Course: with free open climbing every Wednesday & Sunday, the rock climbing wall is a great way to challenge your body & mind
Grab some friends and play tennis on the outdoor tennis courts: Gain both social and physical benefits with a friendly pick-up game of tennis
Take time to unwind: If you have time between classes, spend it outside! With all of the new landscaping on campus, there are plenty of nooks that have shaded tables for you to sit and relax.
Power up: Take a 20 to 30 minute nap outside! Bring a hammock to tie up in Narnia or rent one from Campus Recreation. You can stop by Base Camp to check one out! www.fau.edu/campusrec/outdoor_adventures/index.php