WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU DO, THAT HELPS YOU BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE?
Getting out of the gym and into the great outdoors.
Most of our time is spent inside and it’s not always a bad thing, it’s comfortable, warm, safe and keeps us dry. We are even exercising inside all the time, which hey in my eyes is great but we need to change it up every now and then. We are all getting fitter and fitter and achieving amazing things (from the client who ran their first 5km to the guy on instagram doing a handstand on a bosu ball whilst juggling) that we would never have thought were possible.
But sometimes we need to use all this fitness we have grown and apply it to the real world. Go on a hike and discover amazing things. No need for music because the sounds around you are so significant, stimulate your senses, be in touch with your surroundings. Ride a bike, learn to surf, try something you haven’t done before. Heck sleep under the bloody stars and take it all in, the world is such a big place and we are confining ourselves to the indoors. Run, jump, climb play like we did as children. Influence the younger generations to put their phones down and get off their ass and explore it’s what we are made for.
Fitness is not just about how good we look, how heavy you can lift or how fast you can run. It is as much mental as it is physical. There have been studies to show how much of a benefit the outdoors can have on your health and wellbeing.
Stressed? Head out to the great outdoors and let nature do its thing, drop the heart rate as well as the cortisol levels and you’re on your way to relaxation. Even give this a crack right now. Close your eyes and visualise the most amazing place you have experienced, not only visualise what it looked like but how did it smell, feel, taste, sound? How did it make you feel? Now how did that make you feel right? Hopefully amazing.
Now if you think about it, if you visualise something like that can make you feel so at ease with yourself and nature. Imagine what the real thing can do for you. Get outside and enjoy the places around you.
Struggling with concentration? Ever heard the saying get up from your desk and take a walk around every half hour to hour to increase concentration? Well its true thee “invigorating” effect nature has on us is that strong it will help with that decline of concentration. The attention effect of nature is so strong it might help kids with ADHD, who have been found to concentrate better after just 20min in the park.
Some of my favourite adventures have come from just exploring places that I’m living in at the time, there is so much to be found and so much to be seen. So grab yourself a bottle of water and some trekking shoes and get out there and enjoy it. Apply all that fitness you have built in the gym ad really show the world what you can do. So I challenge you to this once a week get outside, explore, take your shoes off and feel the earth through your body.