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Get More Than Fresh Air From Outdoor Activities

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by Quik Shade

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Getting into the outdoors and taking a breath of fresh air is one of the healthiest things that someone can do for themselves. Going for a long hike or riding your bike through the mountains does more than just invigorate your body, it eases the mind and the soul. Going in groups is a great way to have a bonding experience with others, especially with people like your family.

When going for a hike or a camping trip, try to appreciate the beauty of the natural world that is around you. Make sure to admire the peace and quiet that exists away from the bustle of city life. City life can be hectic and stressful what with the traffic, long lines, constant noise, and other stressed out, hyperactive people. Living a constant city life with all those environmental stressors can actually decrease one’s lifespan. So, get out of there as much as you can and escape to the outdoors where relief from stress exists in plentitude. It will help you get grounded and back to your normal self so that you may go back and be able to face the world with a clear mind.

Take Pictures

Take as many pictures as you can and review them often. The memory of the natural world and revisiting the ones you made while out in nature will help you return to the serenity that you experienced while out among the natural world.

It might be beneficial to start journaling, and take that journal with you while you are in the outdoors and make entries daily. After you have come home and made a few more while back in society, read back on them and compare how your mind was before and after taking a trip into the wilderness.

Diversify where you go as well. There are countless places to visit here within the United States, all of them offering something new and different for you to experience. There are regular local campgrounds and hiking trails, and then there are national parks and preserves, just to name some. What with the deserts, forests, beaches and prairies that we can find in our country, one will have more than enough places to visit in one lifetime.

Set Aside Time

Make sure to set aside some long periods of time during the year to take longer trips- don’t just go for day trips all of the time. The longer you are away and enjoying the outdoors, the better you will feel during and after. it will go fast, sometimes too fast, and you’ll look back on it and wonder where the time went.

There are groups designed to bring together the adventurous type of person to go into the outdoors with. Don’t go by yourself; find a group of people who are like minded in the interest of the outdoors and stick with them. This is a great way to make friends or maybe meet someone special.

Take care when going into the outdoors though. For many, it is out of their element, what with being away from society and all. There are hazards to be taken into account when going out into nature. The elements are one of them. When camping, we are out of the safety of a climate controlled environment, so be prepared for very hot and very cold weather.

Camp Prepared

If camping in a camping site, take extra blankets and clothing for those cold nights, and have a canopy or two ready for those hot and sunny days. In some places, the temperature variation from night to day can be drastic. For example, while camping in a place like Joshua Tree, California, out in the desert, it has been known to happen that one can cook an egg on a rock during the day and have a water bottle left outside of the tent freeze at night.

Being prepared and ready to absorb the fruits of nature will make your going outdoors more than just a leisurely trip- it will turn it into a special experience that one will enjoy remembering, hungry to have more of it. 

photo credit: Rennett Stowe via photopin cc

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