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The new year is upon us, providing a fresh start and a clean slate to achieve hopes and goals within a year’s time. Whether it’s exercising more, pledging to meditate once a day, or eating healthier, most of us tend to bite off more than we can chew—or accomplish—with our new year’s resolutions.
That’s why we suggest keeping it simple in the new year: Just get outside more.
All you need to make a profound difference in your well-being is to go on a walk down a tree-filled street, visit a neighborhood parklet, or spend some time in your nearby Golden Gate National Parks.
And plenty of recent studies reinforce this notion that nature is intrinsically good for us:
Parks and nature certainly comprise places and destinations, but they are also states of mind. Even the shortest trip into nature can leave you with lessons you might carry for the rest of your life.
And we offer a menu of resources to help everyone, from communities across the Bay Area, gain access to the nearby outdoors.
You can join a Healthy Parks, Healthy People hike on the first Saturday of every month, or access the Presidio, Lands End, or Mori Point through the Bayview Hunters Point/National Park Service Community Shuttle. We just want to help you and your loved ones reap the benefits of a trip into nature.
And whether you’re the outdoorsy person in your family or friend group (or not), encourage your loved ones to get outside more with you, even if you have to beg ’em. In the end, you’ll be doing yourself and them a favor.
Start the year right by exploring our guide to the dozens of amazing sites in the Golden Gate National Parks.