“The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask.” – Jeff Johnson
Nature heals. There’s no refuting it. We were meant to be outside, but today it’s easy to get sucked into the black hole that is technology and forget what lies just beyond the door. The benefits of spending time outside are unparalleled; sadly we don’t do it enough. This week I challenge you to move one of your gym workouts to the vast green space, or perhaps concrete, that lies in the open air. Yes, at first dragging yourself outside may feel burdensome and the wind and cold potentially detracting, but the feeling I get after exercising outside is almost inexplicable. I can breathe freer, my mind clears, my skin feels refreshed and maybe slightly more freckly, and I’m so ready to do my thang.
If this wasn’t convincing enough…here are a couple of articles that will undoubtedly turn you into a believer.
Gretchen Reynolds – The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors
- Some takeaways from the Gretch – typically when you exercise outside it’s more strenuous and you get a better workout. Why? You benefit from downhill jaunts whether running, walking, biking, or rollerblading, and you’re exposed to natural elements like wind which add resistance.
- A couple of other benefits to the great outdoors – people who exercised outside typically did so for longer than the gym rats, and the outdoor venturers reported better moods and lower stress than those exercising indoors.
“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.”– George Carlin
Outside Magazine is overflowing with articles promoting the outdoors…in fact, there are even benefits of looking at pictures of the best mama ever (other than mine, of course), Mother Earth! Not to mention, outside workouts are free, babyyyyy.
- The Nature Cure
- Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning
- Free Medicine
- The ‘Outside’ RX
Be creative! Some fun outside ideas:
- If you’re running past light posts, trees, or other markers, turn your jog into a sprint or fartlek workout – choose a marker to sprint to, then jog, sprint, etc…
- Why not stop randomly throughout your run/walk/ride and do abs and pushups?!
- Retro Run (aka run backwardsssss)!
- Extra credit – every so often, train naked (stole this term from Outside)…leave that iPod/iPhone at home
“The earth has music for those who listen.” – George Santayana
- Stand Up Paddle.
- Rock Climb.
- Gosh darnnit, climb a tree!
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
I can’t complete this post without a couple of jams…to go along with today’s remedy theme, here are some of my favorite remixes from Sound Remedy. Enjoy betchezz!
**My favorite song right now is Mr Little Jeans – Oh Sailor (feat. the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Youth Chorale), but it’s literally nowhere to be found…except for in Europe.**
Daughter – Medicine (Sound Remedy Remix)
Noosa – Walk On By (Sound Remedy Remix)
Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)
Lana Del Ray – Video Games (Sound Remedy Remix)
Carousel – Let’s Go Home (Sound Remedy Remix)
Peace love and trees