Despite the fact that happy hours have been banned in the state of Massachusetts since 1984, alcohol is still a pretty consistent staple in Boston’s social scene.
“Whether you’ve moved to Boston as a student, new professional or an empty-nester, it can be hard to find your new community,” says One Medical’s Lee Orsky, PA-C. “A lot of Bostonians seem to bond by grabbing a drink after work.”
But connecting over cocktails doesn’t have to be the only pastime you count on as a city dweller. “Going out for a drink after work may be a quick way to unwind, but by getting outside and doing a fun activity, the quality of your down time can improve your health,” Orsky says. There are a number of reasons that outdoor adventures lead to health-enhancing benefits. “When you’re outside, you have a clearer, more focused mindset to hang out with friends, or spend some quiet time alone, or even play with a pet. Being in a natural setting also allows you to absorb a little Vitamin D and can improve the quality of your sleep.”
As summer winds down, be sure to get outside and appreciate what The Hub has to offer. Even if you’re a native, you may be surprised to find how much fun you can have out of the bars and in the thick of Boston’s wicked awesome activities.
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