Get Outdoors: How to Thrive Outside
Now that we are into November, and temperatures outside have lowered, it makes sense that most of us will want to spend as much time as possible wrapped up inside, away from the harsher weather. But while the idea of staying indoors sounds terrific to most people, we could all benefit from spending some time outside every day.
So what will you notice if you decide to venture outdoors?
Even if you are not physically active, spending time outdoors has numerous proven health benefits. Since before the era of digital technology, Japan has advocated for the wealth of health benefits a person receives from ‘forest bathing’. The practice itself simply means to immerse yourself in a forest setting. It is a natural way to calm your senses in a busy world and it reconnects you to the forested planet that we as humans evolved in. By doing this, what we gain is a profound sense of peace. Forest bathing is a powerful antidote to the pressures of the modern world and is proven to deliver lasting benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing.
A sense of peace can help you in your resting hours as well as your active hours. Poor sleep is often caused by poor sleep cycles. Our sleep pattern is in fact regulated by an internal body clock called the circadian rhythm. Our circadian rhythms are naturally tied to the sun’s schedule. The risk of spending too much time inside, away from natural light and increasingly exposed to artificial light, can actually alter our circadian rhythms. This in turn disrupts our sleep cycle. Therefore, enjoying some time in natural light will improve the quality of your sleep when you return indoors.
While we often hear how outdoor pollution is bad for your health, indoor pollutants are far worse. Indoor air pollution, the existence of harmful chemicals and other materials in indoor spaces, can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. This is because contained areas allow potential pollutants to build up more than open spaces do. With this in mind, there really is no excuse not to spend five minutes outside, breathing in some fresh air, and benefitting from that boost we all get from being outdoors.
If we want our bodies to perform at their optimum level, there is no easier, simpler or more effective solution than getting outside. We’ve sourced some sustainable goodies to ensure your outdoor adventures are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Backpack made from Recycled Plastic Bottles by Onya
Every outdoor trip needs a backpack to store everything you need. Luckily for us, Onya created a backpack that is actually made from recycled plastic bottles. In fact, each backpack is made from up to 10 plastic bottles! Strong, durable, and lightweight, Onya’s backpack stuffs down into a keyring sized pouch when not in use.
Collapsible Plastic Free Water Bottle by Que
Made from silicone, the innovate style of the Que bottle means that once you have finished your drink, you can shrink the bottle to half of its size without sacrificing the stylish appeal. There is no more need to worry it will take up space in your bag, it really is the perfect travel companion.
With more space than a plastic bottle, there is ample water room for hiking and prolonged outdoor activities. You couldn't find a more useful bottle - in great colours too !
Reusable Bamboo Cutlery by Bambaw
Now for those longer stints outdoors, Bambaw’s Reusable Bamboo Cutlery is the perfect travel companion. Avoid single use plastic now and treat yourself to our Bamboo Cutlery set, that even comes with it’s own travel case. Bamboo can grow without fertilizers or pesticides, and produces 35% more oxygen compared to similar plants. Finally, once it has come to the end of its life, you can simply compost it, where the Bamboo will naturally help rebuild eroded soil.
The average person spends 90% of their time indoors. Let’s all make little steps to reduce this, and in turn, improve our quality of life.