New Year's Resolutions for the Outdoor Enthusiast
So maybe you are into making New Year’s Resolutions and maybe you’re not. But personally, I am all for making new goals and trying new things and New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to do that.
It makes me excited to get out and go when I have goals I am achieving. So we put together a list, and maybe something will strike your fancy for a goal for 2018.
1. Do something new
When it comes to getting outdoors I think we all have our favorite things to do. Mine include hammocking, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing and kayaking when I get the chance.
You never know what new favorite hobby could be waiting for you if you don’t give something new a try. Have you tried bouldering? Paragliding? Snowshoeing? There are so many fun ways to get outside, give something new a try this year!
2. Explore your hometown
I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so busy living my life I forget about all the awesome things I have to explore in my own hometown.
I have had this list of hikes I want to do for years and somehow I just never seem to get to them. Adventure doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an afternoon appreciating the beauty right outside your door.
3. Find an awesome place to hang
This most certainly had to be on the list for the new year. I am putting together a hammock hanging bucket list for 2018. Check in next week to read the post all about it! Meanwhile, head over to our social media to post your favorite spots from 2017!
Pay it forward this year by helping take care of the places you love to visit! If you are a hiker or biker help with some upkeep on your favorite trails. Are you a runner? Volunteer your time at the next race.
You can even donate some of your used gear to a good cause, or sell your gear and donate the proceeds to your favorite outdoor programs.
5. Get out of your comfort zone
Push yourself to do something this year that you wouldn’t do last year. Climb that route you wouldn’t last year, jump off that cliff you wouldn’t last year, ski the run you were afraid of last year, or run a marathon. Just keep pushing yourself!
6. Travel to one new place
I love to travel and see new things, but some years are just tough. You don’t have the money, or you have a new baby, or you’re going to school, but if you set your sights on one new place I think you can do it.
Maybe this year it’s a cheap cruise to Mexico, or maybe you can finally make your dream vacation a reality, but either way see one new place this year!
7. Leave the camera and phone at home
Or at least in the car, cause you know, you just never know. But really I have been meaning to do this forever. Go on an adventure and experience every moment for you. You might just be inspired the second the screens aren’t there to distract you.
8. Get outside daily
If you sit in an office all day this is an especially good goal for you. Just take 15 minutes and walk around. Get your blood flowing and think about something else for a short while.
If you don’t work in an office still try and get outside daily! Go on a morning or evening walk. Or a bike ride. It’s pretty crazy how much less important some things seem after a good walk.
9. Visit a new National Park
Honestly, this is one of my favorite goals I set for myself every year. I love seeing the beauty in this country. Visiting a National Park can get a little overwhelming with the amount of visitors they get.
My favorite thing to do is find a trail that highlights the beauty of the park and go at a time that not many other people are there. I have great memories of the Grand Canyon at sunset, Yosemite’s Half Dome in March, picnic lunch at Crater Lake, and Angel’s Landing in Zion just as the snow is starting to melt off the red rock.