• explore on skis

  • grab a bike and take a tour

  • paddle our lakes

  • local walking to work

  • you see this when you get off the plane

  • see this in Babine Provincial Park

It’s Simple - Go outside and feel better

It’s Simple - Go outside and feel better

Why is just the simple act of walking around outside conducive to good health and happiness? 

I hadn't really analyzed this much before I was asked to present a talk on this subject.  I just knew that I felt more inspired and energetic after spending time outside in a natural setting. This question prompted me to stop and think about what was really happening to me when I entered the natural world.  Almost every day I spend an hour walking in a natural setting and even longer periods of time outside on weekends.  So to answer this question I carefully observed my senses and feelings the next time I went outside.  I came up with 10 great benefits.

  1. Exercise - This is the most obvious benefit and has already been proven to increase health, reduce stress and help you live longer.  An added bonus is you don't need expensive equipment or special training.
  2. Deep Yogic Breathing - This occurs on the uphills and when you increase your pace.  Deep breathing relaxes muscles and helps you get into a meditative state.  Your whole body becomes intoxicated with life-giving oxygen.
  3. Colour Therapy - Every season is different - beautiful shades of every colour meet the eye.  Have you ever been annoyed by and colour combination in nature?  I doubt it.
  4. Aromatherapy - At one time the latest rage and understandably so.  Just breathe deeply and smell those wonderful pine and spruce scents, juniper, rose and conttonwood in spring. 
  5. Sound Therapy - Soothing sounds of nature - water gurgling, birds singing, wind rustling or if you're lucky the rare state of absolute silence.
  6. Connection to Earth - The more time you spend outside the more you realize that it is the EARTH and nothing else that maintains our life.  A respect and awe for the planet becomes unavoidable.  The balance we see in the natural world reminds us that balance in our life is necessary too.
  7. Magnetic Therapy - A lot of people are finding that magnets can relieve some health problems.  Our planet is one big electromagnet and it's no wonder that with the interference of concrete, electrical wires and buildings that the earth's natural power is unavailable to us most days.  One solution is to get away from it all and lay down on the earth.  Rejuvenate you body with its magnetic force.
  8. Solitude - A walk by yourself may be the only solitude available to you.  It's a time to just be with yourself and your own thoughts.  It's a time to be creative, think or not think, or even see a solution to a problem more clearly.  It might be a time to visualize what you really want in life. 
  9. Social - If you find yourself alone too frequently, then a walk with a friend is a great way to connect with someone you care about.  Not only to you have a chance to visit with each other but you both get all the other benefits mentioned.
  10. There's Something Bigger than Me - It's pretty hard to ignore the feeling that there is something very much bigger than ourselves when observing the natural world.  Call it what you may - you will definately experience it if you spend enough time introducing yourself to the earth.

The power of the natural world can soothe, inspire, heal and refresh, and you don't have to go far to find it. 

Kym Putnam


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