The picnic has come a long way and is ingrained in the American psyche. The mere mention of one and for many there are memories of family and friends that spring to mind, oh and obviously the food. There are many benefits of the humble picnic and some of the top ones are discussed below.
Being outdoors provides for very clear and specific health benefits. The most clear one being the vitamin D gained from sunshine. So, if the sun is out, so should you be (with the right skin protection of course). However, there are also great picnics that can be had all year round. As long as it’s not raining or wet, then there’s opportunity to get out and enjoy each other’s company, some snacks and a weather appropriate drink.
Better appetite all round
For kids find trays and holders that are biodegradable and then they can each have their own, disposable baguette trays and burger boxes. These are easy to arrange for large numbers (like for birthday parties and family gatherings) and there’s no washing up after. You can do all or most of the catering in advance or simply buy it in. Simply supply, rolls, spreads, cold meats and salad, everyone can make their own baguette, sandwich or hotdog on the day, as and when they want them. It’s also generally healthier eating, with fruit and salads forming a large part of the traditional picnic fare.
Great for family bonding
If the food is prearranged and simply a matter of serving it up, there’s going to be a fair amount of time for the family to do things together. A bit of family competition and outdoor activities are a great way to bond with your family. If you’re planning a picnic, then think of some of the games and activities you can do while on the picnic and see it as a way to spend real quality time together rather than just an outdoor meal.
Is a good way to embrace nature
Ensure that the picnic involves a walk and even if the picnic is in the back garden, do some exploring and make this interaction with nature a conscious effort. The benefits of engaging with nature and your surroundings and teaching your children to do the same is a good way to encourage a bond with nature from a young age, which goes a long way towards improving learning in all other spheres.
The Indoor Picnic
There has been a rise in the idea of a picnic, almost anywhere. First initiated as a romantic gesture, the indoor picnic has gained traction and is quite a common pastime. So even if you can’t get out because of the weather, then simply make some space inside, move some furniture and put the picnic blanket on the floor. A cozy picnic indoors in winter, with good snacks, games and shared with good people can be as good or better than the traditional picnic in the sunshine.
Be creative and use the picnic as a way to engage and interact with friends and family, and keep in mind the associated benefits as mentioned above, it’s a fun pastime that will do wonders for your mood and allow you to experiment with healthy snack and food options, but also indulge and have a bit of a treat. The picnic is an all-weather, any space, family entertainment option that is definitely good for you.
Aging is inevitable for those who are privileged enough to experience it, and with Cher and Dolly Parton appearing to be an exception to the rule, many of us start to slow down and experience our bodies taking a more leisurely pace, with a little more aches and pains than we might have had before.