Written By Sierra Powell / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
If you are tired of sheltering in place you are not alone! The benefits of getting outside have never been better than after spending over a year stuck indoors and away from friends and loved ones. If you're ready for a healthier life and more engagement, get out into the fresh air.
Clear Your Mind
One of the best things about getting outside is that it allows you to simply take a walk. Walking is a habitual behavior; you likely learned it before you learned to talk, so your body is well aware of the process. Once you engage in habitual behavior, your creative mind can get to work on bigger problems.
By walking, jogging, or cycling on a designated path, we can open up our eyes to new actions, new information, and new options. If you have a puzzling challenge that you need to work out, go for a walk. It will get your blood moving, fully oxygenate your tissues, including your brain, and enable you to find higher-level creative solutions.
Reduce Your Stress Level
In addition to freeing up your mind to work on new answers to old problems, getting outside can help you to lower your stress level. If you have ever gotten irritated and felt your body tighten, you understand just how hard stress can be on your physique.
Getting your body moving outside can help you fight off that agitation. Getting rid of the agitation can help you see the irritation for what it is. Even if it's a big problem instead of just a small challenge, getting rid of that body tension and stress will help you target the problem and not suffer that physical stress long-term.
Getting outside for a longer stretch of time can also give you perspective. Big problems become tiny worries once you're stretched out in your tent, so if life is really pushing your buttons, make time to go camping in Nevada.
Meet Up With Like-Minded People
The people we spend time with have a huge impact on how we see the world. How we see the world will impact how we react, and our reactions can severely limit positive connections with great people. If you and your friends are in an echo chamber of complaining, struggling, and bad choices, you need new friends.
Get out and enjoy the natural world. Find a friend who wants to get out of their negative mindset and plan a weekly hike or daily walk. If they show up eager to stretch their legs and their minds, you're on the right path. If they can never seem to get there, go on your own.
Your new hiking friend may be thinking about a bicycle. Go shopping with them and look around. Do you have room in your life for a bit of cycling, or do your need to make room for other outdoor activities? Great connections can lead to healthy choices.
If you go to bed tired and wake up tired, it's time to get outside. It's said that the best things in life are free, and the chance to put a tired body into a comfortable bed and wake up rested and refreshed is at the top of the list!
Many folks who are interested in camping are worried about sleeping on the ground. Before you decide against an outdoor adventure in a tent, check out glamping opportunities. It's entirely possible to reserve both a camping site and a comfortable bed. Depending on where you plan to camp, you can even sleep in a treehouse.
We've all been warned about the risks of too much UV radiation, but we need sunlight to make vitamin D. Even 15 minutes a day can get you the vitamin D you need and help you build strong bones. This crucial vitamin is also important to the blood cells that supply oxygen to your tissues and to your immune system.
No matter the shape you're in, making small adjustments to increase your physical strength will be worth the work. Fresh air can help you fight anxiety and stress. Moving your body through space can help you get on top of frustrating problems. Your creative brain is ready to go to work once you start moving your feet.
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Sierra Powell graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing. When she's not writing, she loves to cook, sew, and go hiking with her dogs.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.