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Why Getting Outside is So Good for You

Are You Nature-Deprived?

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  • I need to take this article to heart and keep getting outside despite the cold this winter. I may need to get some different workout clothes. - 11/26/2014 10:58:58 AM
  • I love being outside! If I'm feeling stressed or anxious a walk is better than any medication! - 11/19/2014 11:29:01 AM
  • I could benefit from a boost to my well-being today! I plan to take my dog and go out for a few minutes. I'm dealing with a bit of a cold so I will not overdo--good article! My favorite outside activity is weeding!! - 11/16/2014 12:59:16 PM
  • I love hiking in the woods it is so restorative. The chance encounters with wildlife is also exhilarating. Over the summer, my son and I were hiking and came upon a moose and its young. So awesome! - 11/12/2014 12:02:42 PM
  • Great article. Get out and being with nature is a good thing. - 11/4/2014 7:57:23 AM
  • Great article... live in North Central Florida. It is one of the nicest places to be, except during the hot summer months! October to March is awesome! I live on 5 acres and have a horse, so there are plenty of outside chores to be done! This past year a bug came in and killed all of our bay trees, so now we are having to taking them down. I love working on the property and fixing our fences.. I just wish my horse would quit breaking the top boards reaching for the greener grass! LOL - 11/1/2014 7:47:09 AM
  • I live in a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by mountains and the ocean. I deliberately moved here to be close to nature. There is something about all that greenery and water that speaks to my soul and soothes me, but being surrounded by it is not enough, I need out to actually get out there and experience it. Thanks for the reminder. - 10/5/2014 10:37:53 AM
  • I love the outdoors whether walking in sunshine, rain, or snow. My favorite time is now-the fall, The beauty of the leaves and the and the crispness of the air are intoxicating..
    Thankfully I have a walk who reminds me to walk with with him three times a day. - 10/4/2014 9:38:32 AM
  • No matter what the weather, I prefer to do my activities outside as much as possible. I do draw the line at walking in a blizzard but where I live, it could happen. - 8/14/2014 8:45:09 PM
  • Amen on every point! Here in Texas it gets REALLY hot (100+) during the summer, so I have to get up early to get my outside time but WOW! It's better for my mood than any meds. The benefit is that during the winter we can be outside when colder regions would be risking life and limb on the ice to do so. - 8/10/2014 10:36:41 AM
  • I love being outside but not when it is over 100 with the heat index... - 8/6/2014 9:14:13 AM
  • MOCKSPAR
    I'm a huge fan of getting outside! Always--and I do mean always!--makes me feel more alive, more blessed, less stressed. Something about seeing myself in the grand scheme of nature does me a world of good. I run 2-3 times a week, outside as much as possible. Last year, I decided to make my long run a nature walk instead, just so I could take in more nature and soak up the setting. This has been great for me. - 8/6/2014 7:04:17 AM
  • I am encouraged to go outside more after reading this article. I spend way too much time inside. - 7/20/2014 12:36:11 AM
  • I make every effort to go outside everyday no matter what the weather is like. Rainy days - I have an umbrella at my desk at work as well as one in my car/home; colder weather I dress appropriately so I can enjoy the outdoors. My lunch breaks always consist of taking a walk; I walk to/from the train station (approx. .83 mile) at work; my husband and I have even started taking walks around the block (approx. 3 miles) and today not only did we take the 3 mile walk but we are planning on walking to church and back which is 1.2 miles one way. Taking breaks and walking also rejuvenates the brain/soul to move forward for the rest of the day. - 6/28/2014 3:14:53 PM
  • This blog was a gold nugget me. Scientific terms and research emphasized what I have felt in my bones all my life. Thank you Jennifer.

    I was brought up helping with our garden, walking to school with friends, mowing lawns etc. Summer camping on Lake Memphremagog and Lake Wallace made my summer. I have continued all my life to walk. At present I walk around the reservoir, smell the earth and woods and enjoy every morning as my dog and I go out for an early morning walk.
    I have slimmed down but most important, my arthritis is stabilizing.
    Keep walking. Continuing to walk and live in the beauty of God's cration are my blessings.
    Nancy - 5/30/2014 10:08:18 AM

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