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The Nature Cure: How to Create Outdoor Rituals

adventure outdoors Mar 21, 2018

With each passing year, more shiny objects and screens are keeping us indoors for the majority of our waking hours. 

My husband and I find that both ourselves and kiddos are more regulated, calm, focused and creative in general when we devote regular time in the outdoors. 

A study from REI found that 72% of women feel free or liberated when outdoors. 

Whether or not your childhood was spent moving outside, you are probably spending less time doing so as an adult. 

So, how do we break out of the all-day-inside ruts and create rituals that get us outdoors as individuals and families?

Walk off evening meals by going to the park or taking a stroll around the neighborhood with your dog. 

A morning or evening walk is such a simple act of getting outdoors, yet if it's not something you are doing regularly, it can be hard to get in the habit of doing.

Instead of hitting the couch for TV after dinner or sleeping in every morning, use that time to disconnect from the screens and take a leisurely walk to the park or around your neighborhood. 

This is a great time to have conversations with your partner or kids and reduce stress levels by taking in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. 

Schedule regular camping trips each summer. 

In the summer of 2017, we began taking regular camping trips as a family. Are they always easy and rosy with small kids? Heck no! But I always say, toddlers will be toddlers whether I'm outside or inside. I'd rather be in the great outdoors handling meltdowns than stuck inside my house all of the time. 

Try to carve out time on the same weekends each summer so you can plan for the same time each year. 

We camp for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and a late August weekend with friends every year. This creates consistency so you know which weekends you will going during the summer. 

Find a new trail to explore on the weekends.

You probably have trails in your area that you've never explored.

It's easy to fall into the pattern of "resting" on the weekends, but what if some time in the outdoors turns out to be even more "restful" than spending the day in the recliner?

If you're looking for a free community to explore the outdoors with, make sure to check out our Adventurous Women's Fitness Tribe on Facebook, where we have regular hikes and outdoor events in various locations across the country....including a sunset hike + dinner this weekend!  

P.S. If you're a runner, a trail is a great place to expand your sport and give your knees a rest. 

To find trails in you area, check out alltrails.com!

Take your yoga mat out to the backyard.

I'm all for a good indoor yoga class, but what if you expand your practice into the sunshine in your backyard?

As a work at home entrepreneur, this is one of my favorite ways to decompress during the day. 

I take my socks and shoes off, leave my phone inside and bring out my mat + a journal to spend some time moving that feels good to my body with the sunshine on my face. Afterwards I write about how I'm feeling, ideas that have popped into my head for my wellness practice, etc. 

Go on a sunrise (or sunset hike). 

If you're thinking this sounds magical, it is. 

Spend a Friday evening fueling up with some healthy food (rather than the usual gorging that can happen on weekends) and set your alarm for an early morning sunrise hike on Saturday. 

This will start your weekend off in a really powerful way! 

Take up a new activity you've been wanting to try in the outdoors.

Stand up paddle boarding, backpacking, rock climbing, trail running, medicinal plant foraging, gardening.....you name it!

It can be intimidating to try new things that are outside of your comfort zone, but it might just become one of your favorite new hobbies!  

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There are so many ways to move, explore and adventure in the great outdoors! Let us know in the comments which of the suggested activities you are going to try! 

We have a few spots left in our 2018 Women's Backpacking Trip. Click here to check out some GORGEOUS pictures of our location and how we will be integrating several of the activities listed above (ahem, sunrise hike and outdoor yoga). 

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