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.
I love being outside but not when it is over 100 with the heat index...
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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.
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.
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
I am fortunate to live in the magnificent Rocky Mtns of CO. I have trouble getting "out the door", but once I do, I love it. A new hobby, genealogy, is tying me to my computer doing research, so I will have to develop boundaries to balance my day: indoors and outdoors. Great article -- I'm glad to learn how important health-wise the outdoors really is to my good health. Turn off the computer & get OUT the door!
I am fortunate to live in a place where you want to be outside every day no matter what. When I am stressed I head out for a long walk with my dog and breathe in the fresh air and the beauty and by the time I return I am calmer and better able to carry on with my day. I find that walking through pine or spruce woodlands the most relaxing and healing. I believe it has a lot ot do with the smell .................
I just recently had a Cochlear Implant done and my hearing has improved so much. I loved being outdoors in the sun before, but now my enjoyment has been definitely enhanced. It has been years since I have been able to hear the birds sings, the squirrels talk, the leaves rustle, and the most wonderful sound of all is the crickets. I love them! To those who have good hearing, please take in and totally enjoy every beautiful sound of nature. When you loose the ability to hear nature, you loose something so precious. God bless and have a wonderful nature-filled day.
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