Here’s the challenge: For the month of May, I’m going to try to spend 100 hours outside. While that sounds like a lot, and it is, it can be done. It comes down to about three and a quarter hours outside each day. There are 744 hours in the month of May, can I spend a little more than 13% of that time outside? 13% is all it will take to complete the 100-hour outdoor challenge.
I’ve always enjoyed reading about other people’s challenges, so I decided to create one of my own. If you’re like me and enjoy these month or year-long challenges, check out:
- 2-Year Clothing Ban – Angela @ Tread Lightly, Retire Early
- 30-Day Experiment Videos – Matt D’Avella YouTube
- 30-Day Random Acts of Kindness Challenge – Life For the Better
- Minimalism 30-Day Challenge – The Minimalists
- 1-Year Bike More Miles than Drive Challenge – Accidental Fire
I’m only counting my outdoor time as the time when I am purposely outdoors. In other words, being in a car doesn’t count. I also will not count the few minutes I might be outside while running errands or walking to my car. Only purposeful outdoor time will count.
Reasons for Doing it
Importance of Being Outside
It’s critical to our mental health to spend a good amount of time outside. I ALWAYS feel better after I have been outside. I figured that May would be a good month to attempt this challenge because the weather is finally getting nice here in Massachusetts. After being cooped up for the past 5 months of winter, it feels great to enjoy the warmer spring air. I want to spend more time with my family, and get myself away from the itch to overuse technology.
My kids LOVE being outside! And what kid doesn’t? I pick up my youngest son from school most afternoons and the first question he asks me almost every day is, “Daddy, can we play outside today?” It doesn’t matter if it’s 30 degrees or raining, he will still ask the question. Well, with this challenge, the answer will almost always be yes. On top of that, there are so many additional benefits to children. Being outside fosters creativity, allows for more social interactions, and lets them get out all of that boundless energy.
I’m excited to spend more time outside for the health aspect of it as well. Sure, some of my outside time might be spent drinking a beer on the deck or sitting on a lounge chair. But, most of the time, I plan to be exercising, doing yard work, or running around with my kids in the yard. Plus, there are so many other health benefits for adults and children alike.
My 100-Hour Outdoor Challenge Plan
I’m planning to work out every morning before school with either a bike ride or walk/run. This will give me an hour of outdoor time each morning. Also, I am coaching both of the boys in baseball, so that will be an additional seven or eight hours each week. Now that the weather is nice, we will also eat dinner on the back deck a lot more often, hopefully adding a few more hours onto the tally. Beyond that, the rest of the hours will hopefully be filled with lots of afternoons and weekends doing yard work and hanging out with the kids in the front and back yard.
Want to Join Me?
I’d love for a few readers to join me on this challenge. It would be nice to have some group accountability and motivation. If you are interested, feel free to comment below or find me on Twitter @minimalandmoney. I will do a write-up at the end of the month and let you all know how the 100-hour outdoor challenge went!