Stress. Anxiety. Inflammation. High blood pressure. A compromised immune system. Insomnia. Depression. Energy deficiency.
These afflictions are a staple in modern life for most people. But what if there was a magic pill that could treat them all on at once? And boost physical fitness and stamina and give us better memories? How much would it cost? There is something that can do to combat this and it’s totally free: Going outdoors. That’s right. Just regularly getting outside can effectively help with ALL of those.
The average person spends over 90% of their time indoors. This may come as a shock to some, but human beings didn’t evolve indoors. Our totally indoor lifestyle is actually less than 100 years old.
Anatomically correct humans have been on this earth for about 200,000 years. Only in the 20th century did we start going gangbusters on mega cities and living nearly full time in doors. From house to car (or train) to work. From work to car (or train) to home. Maybe you can get outside for lunch, maybe a little bit in the evening, but our domains have become these climate controlled, air ‘filtered’ (inside air can be terrible for you, especially in the workplace), ‘safe’ spaces that are literally killing us.
Spending more time outdoors can change all of that! It’s such good medicine that doctors are now prescribing time spent outdoors to patients. It can boost something called Natural Killer cells in our bodies that actually help fight cancer. Just 20 minutes in a park can boost feelings of well being. And it’s true: There are tons of benefits to spending time outdoors, but it can do so much more than that. It can give us back a quality of life that we are missing. It can help us live more real experiences and make better memories. Getting outdoors and spending time outdoors is our path to a better and healthier life. So get outside and take some you time!
One Day in Nature Beats Ten Days Inside
You read that right. Just one day in nature beats ten inside. How so? Researchers in Japan did a study on workers from the city. They brought the workers to a forest for a weekend, Friday to Sunday. They measured their Natural Killer (NK) cells before and after and they found that a weekend spent in nature boosted their NK cell count for 30 days after!
That finding is incredible, but let’s take this maxim “A day in nature beats ten inside” a step further. Think back on the last month at work. How many days really stand out as being memorable? For most workers the answer is very few. And often times what is considered ‘memorable’ is a negative experience. However, time spent outside is clinically shown to reduce stress and improve mood. Time in nature is also filled with remarkable little surprises. Like the unexpected surprise of seeing wildlife, encountering beautiful landscapes, tiny miracles of flowers and plant life, and the magic of nature at work. Every time we go out in nature we notice differences. We are designed to key into these differences and they form a story in our mind about a place or places over time. Layer on top of all this the experience of adventure in nature. A weekend trip to the outdoors – whether you’re in a tent or a cabin – is filled with unexpected memorable experiences. You are far more likely to remember a trip to the outdoors ten years from now, than even the more memorable days at work last month (unless you had an exceptionally good or bad month). It’s just how we’re hardwired!
Putting It All Together
Whether you want to improve your health, or your mood, or your memories, getting outside does it ALL. By getting outside more, you can literally improve your life! And it’s basically free! And Show Me Outdoor Adventure is here to help you every step of the way. It doesn’t matter if you have never been outside before in your life, or you’re having trouble planning your next outdoor adventure, we are here to help you connect with the outdoors! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and we will get you the answers you seek.