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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 1:22 pm

(StatePoint) Summer is here, and though cooler weather activities can be a blast, many experienced outdoor adventurers and weekend warriors alike look forward to warm weather to truly rev up their engines.

Ever since 1986, each June has been affectionately referred to as “Great Outdoors Month,” enticing thousands of adventurers to thaw out after a long winter and kick-start their summers with new excursions and activities. And there are plenty of great ways to get up, get out and get going.

Turn Off Your Phone

It may sound blasphemous in today’s gadget-crazed world, but turning off your phone, tablet or laptop is a great way to create the impetus to go exploring.

Turning off your gadgets can help you turn on to the great outdoors -- be it through camping, fishing, rock-climbing, cycling or even just enjoying a family walk at a local park. You’ll be surprised where you end up when you cast aside the GPS and steer yourself.

Gear Up

If you’ve grown accustomed to your climate-controlled living room, you’ll need to remember that sweatpants and a tattered t-shirt aren’t always sufficient in the great outdoors.

While it’s easy to echo the Boy Scout motto and simply say “be prepared,” you don’t necessarily know where the road will take you. That’s why it’s always a good move to invest in some versatile clothes made from durable high-tenacity fibers and rugged tools that can help you adapt as the environment changes.

A good place to start is with a watch designed to withstand the elements, such as Casio’s PRO TREK timepieces which are designed to withstand both hot and cold temperatures and are water-resistant up to 100 meters.

And the timepiece maker offers two PRO TREK models that are both equipped with a Triple Sensor which features an altimeter, barometer and compass -- which can help you navigate the twists and turns of almost any outdoor environment. Now you can pack your GPS-enabled phone away and know you won’t be left without a course direction or weather alert. You’ll even know how high you are when reaching your final hiking destination.

More information can be found at www.ProTrek.casio.com.

Go Play

Rule number one: Have a blast! Don’t treat recreation like a chore. Remember, human beings should feel at home in nature. Don’t let flat tires, broken oars, or are-we-there-yets deter you.

One more thing to remember: While June happens to be National Outdoors Month, you don’t have to put your adventure gear in the attic as soon as it’s over. Almost any day can be a good day to get outside and soak up some fresh air and sun or even some adventure-quenching precipitation.

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