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An Active Life is a Healthy Life

By Carly Hagemann, Recruitment Coordinator

This week the outdoor retailer REI announced that they will be closed on the notorious Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving this year. Why are they closing? They are giving their employees a paid vacation day and encouraging them to spend their day outside while promoting the trending hashtag #OptOutside on social media to urge usual shoppers of this holiday to spend the day outside too.

While some may see this bold move as a retail disaster, most see it as a great opportunity to focus on improving our health. This is especially important to focus on the day after we put ourselves in food comas from turkey and mashed potatoes (speaking from experience). This is also a good excuse to spend quality time with family and friends while hiking, biking, walking, or playing outside and avoiding crowded shopping centers.

It is no surprise for me to tell you that exercise and a well-balanced diet are important components of a healthy lifestyle. Also, depending on the weather and your preferences, you may enjoy exercising in your living room or at the gym instead of being outside. Regardless, remain mindful that the CDC suggests at least 60 minutes a day for children and at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity for adults.

If you are interested in joining the #OptOutside outdoor campaign this year, check out your local tourism page or REI’s database here for outdoor ideas near you.

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(Featured Photo by Angela Grant)

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