You know what I love? All the blog comments, emails, tweets, and facebook wall messages I’ve gotten telling me you’re enjoying and learning from One Simple Change. Thank you all so much for that.

I’ve gotten by far the biggest reaction to this post about drinking a glass of water first thing when you wake up. So I thought today I’d share another thing that’s not hard to do, but which can make a big difference in your life when you do it everyday: getting fresh air.

Now I am not telling you to go out and go for a super long run in the woods or anything. If that’s your thing, by all means keep doing it; but if it’s not, that’s fine, too. A brief walk, or even just sitting outside and breathing deeply, can honestly do wonders.

You see, the air we breath indoors- whether we are at home, at school, at work, in the car, etc.- is stagnant air. It’s not fresh. The air outside (for the most part) is fresh. And you want to get some fresh air circulating through your lungs every day. It’s refreshing. And cleansing. It’s good for the body, mind, and soul.

If you spend your entire life inside, you should find a way to spend some time outdoors everyday. Take a stroll alone, with your dog, or with a friend. Hang out with your kids in the yard. Or go to a park. Personally, when I need to get some fresh air and I don’t have time to go for a walk, I hang out with my chickens :)

If you can be outside and get some exercise in, as well, that’s great. But I am not telling you to exercise right now…I’m just telling you to go outside everday. And breath. Deeply. Fresh air. Are you “in”?


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    Amy (Savory Moments) — February 20, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    This is a wonderful recommendation. There’s research out there that shows how much your mood will improve if you spend a certain amount of time outside each day. It’s important and fun!

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    Bethesda Locavore — February 20, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Totally in. I definitely see the effects of this one on me and my kids – EVERYBODY is happier if we all just go run around outside for a bit. I used to do an early morning boot camp (and hope to resume once my presence is not so desperately needed so early) and wow, the difference I felt spending an hour each morning running around outside, in any weather … it was amazing.

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    JenniferA — February 20, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Agreed! When we got my dog over 3 years ago, I made the decision to walk him every single day, no matter the weather, and I think it has been the best thing for both of us. I absolutely crave my outdoor time now.

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    Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) — February 20, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Yes, I agree. Though I’m not one to speak:). The water tip…I started doing that a few weeks ago. I found a trick that works for me. I bring a glass of water to bed and place it right next to me on the bedside table. In the morning, before I get out of bed, I sit up and drink the entire glass. Works like a charm. As for being outdoors, I’m working on that as well. I’d like to make it a habit to go for a 30 minute walk each day before I do my exercises, before I eat breakfast. A good, head-clearing way to start my gluten free day! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Courtney — February 20, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I totally agree! I go for a brisk walk almost every day after work. It’s the best part of my day and it feels so good to be outside instead of inside an office!

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    City Share — February 20, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    This is a great reminder. It’s amazing how the day can get away from you and I’ll realize at 4:00 that I haven’t gotten outside. I just went back and read the rest of the series. All good stuff. Thanks for the inspiration to make small easy changes.

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    Joanne — February 20, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I think this is my favorite piece of advice you’ve given yet! It’s amazing how much a walk outside, even just for 20 minutes, can make you feel so much better about everything and clear your head. i try to spend some outside time daily. I just love it.

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    Jaya — February 20, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Winnie, I haven’t commented in a long time, but I have been following along and I had to stop in to say how much I love and live by the commandment of fresh air! This has been the year where my love for winter has been truly awakened and taking in the crisp morning air during my walks and commutes has done wonders for my spirit. We do get out to the mountains a lot to snowshoe and xcounty ski, but everything makes a difference! I really appreciate you taking the time to state how something so simple can make such a difference…especially for those of us who are lucky enough in countries where the air quality is so amazing!

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    Paula — February 22, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Yeah! This is one recommendation that I’m already following. Having a dog certainly helps as we walk our Max four times a day for at least a half hour each time…rain, snow, sun etc. When the grand kids come to visit we get out even longer as they all love being out of doors and around here they have a lot of wood to go exploring in. I’m looking forward to the days when I can just open the door and step outside without having to bundle up in layers of winter clothing!
    This past weekend my grand-daughter was sleeping over and when she woke up on Saturday I told her about drinking a glass of water within a half hour of waking every morning and explained why. She then drank a full glass and said *Nanna, now I’ll be going to the bathroom all morning!* Just thought I’d share that with you.

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    Jessica — February 22, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    I love your one simple change posts!! I spend my days at home with my 5 month old and these are great little reminders that I often forget like getting fresh air and drinking water. Keep em coming :)

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