health benefits of nature_ tips for getting outdoors in your everyday life

Sure, getting fresh air is good for your health, but how important is it really?  Actually, there is a ton of science behind the health benefits of nature.  But life is busy and finding time to get outdoors and plan camping trips can be challenging.  As much as we’d love to encourage you to make time to go on epic road trips and escape the grind.  There are actually a lot of things you can do to get the benefits of nature in your everyday life.  Check out these tips for getting outdoors daily. 

Scientific Benefits of Getting Into Nature

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Hiking to the three sisters waterfall

Being in nature can boost your happiness, prevent disease and illness, cure depression, reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and stress, improve your mood, help you sleep better, and improve your recovery (especially from adrenal fatigue). The calming effects of nature will help you lose weight and manage your stress hormones.  It can also make you stronger and improve your mental acuity.

Besides improving your quality of life, the outdoors provides you with Vitamin D, which improves your sleep pattern, boosts serotonin levels, and gets you moving and active.

 

What About For Kids?

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Sisters who hike together, stay together 🙂

It does all this and more.  Have you noticed how much better your kids behave when they spend more time outside?  For my kids it makes a huge difference in their attitude, how well they can focus, and it helps them make better decisions when it comes to eating.  My theory is that they work up such an appetitie that they will eat whatever is put in front of them.  (Seriously, my kids fight over who gets more brussel sprouts and kimchi!)

 

Get More “Outdoorsy” By Camping

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Camping on the forest roads outside of Bend, Oregon

Camping is a great way to experience the helath benefits of nature, but if you’ve never camped before, it can be intimidating.  Did you know that we didn’t start camping until our fourth child was born?!  And Victor had never gone camping as a kid!

Camping can actually be quite easy and enjoyable with these three tips.

The first is gentle exposure.  Don’t aim too big.  Allow yourself to ease into the camping experience by camping close to home or close to amenities like grocery stores or restaurants.   

The second is to find yourself an activity to center your outdoor experience around.  We choose hiking, surfing, and rock climbing.  The trick is to find what resonates with you and is exciting enough to offset a little discomfort.  

Lastly, don’t compromise on whatever matters to you most.  Whether it’s showers, bugs, or air mattresses, pick your battle and leave one nonnegotiable.

 

Quick Ways To Get The Health Benefits of Nature

If you can’t get away or find more time off-grid, try these tips. 

family photo at the beach

Go for a walk in nature.

While hiking in the forest or to mountain peaks is wonderful, you can get many of the same benefits by taking a walk on the beach or in the park. 

Go barefoot.

One of the easiest ways to get the health benefits of nature is through grounding.  Grounding is a way of making a connection between your body and the energy of the Earth by absorbing electron’s and can have many positive benefits on your body and mind. It mentaly brings you into the present moment, helping you to reduce stress and anxiety, but also physically helps you neutralize free radicals, which will reduce inflammation.  Go walk barefoot, play with you kids or dog on the ground, or just get on the floor and stretch.

Get outdoor hobbies. 

Find hobbies that get you outside like gardening, surfing, hiking, or biking.

Scrambling in Joshua Tree

Scrambling in Joshua Tree

Just like eating more veggies and less sugar, getting outdoors and immersing yourself in more nature can give you so many health benefits.  We know how hectic life can be, but by just spending twenty minutes a day in the outdoors, you can reap the treendous rewards that nature has on your physical, emotional, and mental well being.  The forests, mountains, beaches, and deserts are your ticket to the fountain of youth, so get outdoors already!

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