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Why Getting Outside is So Good for You

Are You Nature-Deprived?

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  • When I was in Jamaica I got up early everyday and walked or biked the 2 miles to work. I spent much more time outdoors than I do now. Because I have no friends in this area and no one to work out with it is not much fun. I thought putting my headphones on would help but it does not really motivate me as much. I should try again.
  • I committed to doing my daily yoga practice outdoors for the entire month of July. While it's been so hot I slip on the mat sometimes due to sweating, it's been one of the best things I've ever done. Something about seeing the actual sun during sun salutations and hearing and seeing birds at my feeders has really enriched my practice and my life. I'm going to be spending more time outdoors from now on!
  • I agree totally with your article. To me, being outside daily and adds perspective to life and gardening centers your life in nature rather than in a house or office or school. Six weeks after joining Spark I wrote a blog about how I planned to adjust my Spark goals to meet my personal needs which described how gardening anchored my life.

    Gardening was not possible when I lived in New York City, but during the 9 years I spent there, I walked nearly everywhere I went and spent time walking through Central Park or, on Sundays, visiting the Cloisters, where there were gardens and harpsichord music.

    So, Jenn, you hit the nail on the head with this blog. Being outside at least for a while each day is an important part of being healthy. To your points, I might add that being outside expands the space that encloses you, so you get a broader perspective on life.

  • I agree. However in FL this time of year over 100 index not good for you . I do try to get out non mosquito and lower heat times. We do make up for it in late fall and winter.
  • I suffer from SAD. If I do jot get outside daily, I pay a price.
  • I love to walk around the track at my school.
  • Walking or jogging outside is always more enjoyable to me. I feel more relaxed after spending time exercising out of doors!
  • Enjoying God's nature is food for the soul. I did a 2 mile walk/jog today at a trail near where I live. It was a beautiful day with dark blue skies and sweet smelling wild flowers. Loved it!
  • It all makes sense to me. Very good and thoughtfully written article

  • so thankful that I live within walking distance of a county park with lots of good walking trails. I know it makes a huge difference in my life!
  • I love being outside after being stuck inside all winter!
  • When I walk outside, I try to take photos of the nature around me. They motivatemme for the next walk.
  • Being out in nature is indeed good for the body, mind and soul.
  • I totally agree with this. I live in the Dandenong Mountains just outside Melbourne, Australia and love the fact that I can go on so many beautiful walks there. I also love my garden and get out in it as much as I can. I think it has really helped my state of mind and I'm loving the lifestyle.
  • I love nature and being out in it. I get my high when I can walk/jog or work in the yard or garden. Thank you for such a nice article. I loved it.

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