Fun in the Sun!


Temperatures are cooling down, fall colors changing soon, and holidays are around the corner. Some might argue that this is the best time to enjoy some time outdoors! At The Playful Child, we are constantly seeking out ways to engage with our local community while promoting safe outdoor activities. That is why we are thrilled to be hosting the First Annual Healing Hearts Hike this October 17th here in Georgetown, TX!


We could all use a little healing sometimes, whether it is from the loss of a loved one to simply having a very difficult last year. Here are some great reasons to join us in supporting those who are healing:



Lift your spirits!


Being outside, even alone, can be really good for destressing. Between the fresh air, the Vitamin D from the sun giving you energy, and the ambient sound of the world around you, many find that just 30 minutes a day outdoors does wonders for their mental health. Throw a few friends, family, or neighbors into the mix and smiles are unavoidable!



Improve your mental health!


Aside from simply feeling better, outdoor activity is also proven to be a benefit for your overall mental health. Not only is it a great pick-me-up for having a rough day, but it also improves the quality of life and state of mind for those suffering from many different types of mental health disorders, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and even Trauma.


Here is some more information from HelpGuide if you are interested!



Sleep Better?!


Most people would put going outdoors on the bottom of their list of ideas to getting better sleep, but it really does help. Not only does outdoor activity spend the energy that tends to keep you awake at night, but the exposure to sunlight helps your body get into a better rhythm for a good night’s sleep.


Check out WebMD’s article on the topic!


Physical Health


Most of us know about the primary physical benefits of outdoor activity like weight control or strengthening muscles and bones. However, there are many more physical benefits that are less talked about. Being outdoors strengthens your immune system, and reduces the chances, or severity, of several major medical issues like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Just a 30-minute walk a day can improve your endurance and core strength.


Check out more info from the CDC here.



We are grateful for your continued support and hope that you join us via the link below.

**REGISTER BY OCTOBER 4TH FOR DISCOUNTED RATE**


https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Georgetown/HealingHeartsHike


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