Hey, I have a good idea, how about we grab our gear and spend the day outdoors?! We can study, work and create just as easily out there as we can in here. And, there’s plenty of great Superfood snacks for us to pack up. The weather is warming, days are longer—let’s get out there, NOW!
As humans, we have an innate need for fresh air and sunshine— our divine relationship with nature should never be neglected. Through my Secrets of Long Life research, elders demonstrate the need to spend lots of time outside. Here’s just few for you to consider:
It is clear based on the practices of our ancestors that we get vitamin D principally from the sun. In today’s world we are outside a lot less than our ancestors and when we are outside, we have a lot more clothes on. One solution is to lose the clothes and spend more time outside as generations before us have done.
Additionally, the elders point out the tremendous importance of balance, a meaningful note in this context given the fact that the dose of sunlight required for adequate D synthesis is much less than you’d imagine. Turn to the sun. Everyday. The morning sun is especially good. We need its positive influence on our health and wellness. (insert infographic about healthy sun exposure)
You ARE the Environment
As a modern population, we have become disconnected from the natural world, which we are dependent upon. One look at classical poetry will show anyone that nature has been calming and inspiring the human mind for millennia!
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
Studies have shown that those who spend more time surrounded by nature are less depressed, confused, anxious, and experience a surge in energy and vitality. Exposure to plants and trees – which release oxygen and other compounds – is simply good for us; also it nurtures the delicate balance of systems. Common practice around the world is to forest-bathe by spending time in the forest.
Spending time outdoors increases our sense of oneness with the Earth. Time among the trees with the dirt beneath our feet (take your shoes off!) increases our sense of oneness with the Earth.
By getting outside, away from an air conditioned office or home, you give your body a break from stale air. It's easy. Go outside, breathe deeply and help your body to stay healthy and fresh.
Fresh air delivers many benefits:
· Great for digestion
· Improves blood pressure and heart rate
· Strengthens your immune system
· Cleans your lungs
· You will have more energy and sharper mind
· It makes you happier
Eastern cultures have long placed a high value on breathing to cultivate a positive relationship between the body and the mind, resulting in a calm state of being and resilient physiology. Yoga, qi gong and t’ai chi combine deep breathing and movement to support a steady central nervous response.
Studies show that both men and women equally benefit from deep breathing in vitality, endurance and stress reduction.
Whether we are listening to a garden fountain, dipping our toes into the river, or splashing with our kids at bath-time; water is one of the most powerful conduits to 'happy' and 'healthy' we have on earth.
Natural hot springs have long been visited by cultures around the globe for their healing waters, which contain a unique mixture of minerals that detoxify the body and heal ailments ranging from stress to rheumatism. The more we connect with water, the more we'll protect our most vital source of life.
So, let’s take our shoes off, point our faces in the morning sun, breathe deep, throw some yummy organic fruits, veggies and nuts into a pack – and GET OUTSIDE!