Put your phone away every once in a while. You’ll see a whole new world if you just step outside and look up. Enjoy the outdoor life.
Most people think living an “outdoor lifestyle” is mainly for fun and following a pursuit of passion. Or perhaps people are lazy and just an “outdoor bum.” While both of these can be true, whether you’re following your love of the outdoors or living the life of a ski bum, you can actually live longer by living your authentic outdoor lifestyle. Pretty cool, huh?
An outdoor lifestyle can be interpreted in many different ways.
It could be someone who just loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible in the moguntains and nature. It could be someone who lives as natural a lifestyle possible that is friendly for our ecosystem. It could be the extreme adventurer that is traveling to the ends of the Earth for climbing and mountain pursuits. It could be the average ski bum who is a powder seeker, chasing freshies all winter long.
Either way, what these people have in common is that because of their passion for the outdoors, they all experience increased happiness, less stress, better diets and more exercise than the average American – all factors that contribute to a longer life span.
Below, we’ll break each of these down and the positive impacts of your outdoor lifestyle can have on your actual years living on this Earth.
A key part of outdoor recreation is exercise, whether it by hiking, trail running, climbing, kayaking or skiing. Exercise has been proven over time to greatly improve your chances of living longer. The health benefits of exercise are endless, including reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and smaller waistlines.
One of the main reasons why people spend time outdoors is that it’s peaceful and an escape from the typical day-to-day. This helps us let go of the daily stress our lives have, including hectic work schedules, home responsibilities and interpersonal tensions.
Besides heart disease, too much stress can have all sorts of negative impacts on your wellbeing. This includes, anxiety, depression, headaches and gastrointestinal problems.
When you’re stressed, your body produces hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which increase blood pressure as well as alter your digestive and immune systems. These hormones can also cause you to gain weight.
Overall, we spend time outdoors because it makes us happy, right? Well, happiness has often been a link to increased longevity, so you’re on the right track to living longer!
CNN discusses a five-year study that shows older people are 35% less likely to die if they report feeling happy. Who wouldn’t want a 35% leg up on life?
What we put into our bodies is essentially fuel. Don’t you want to put in the best fuel possible?
Studies have shown that typically more active individuals have better diets and smaller waistlines. Therefore, healthier and better functioning bodies all around.
Studies have shown that certain diets can increase your chances for longevity. This includes many of the same foods that are helpful for sustained activity, including whole grains, fresh fruits, coffee and healthy proteins, such as fish and nuts.
These are all heart healthy foods that can help your endurance in outdoor sports, but also live longer.
So, go outside. Look up. Enjoy the outdoors. You’ll live longer! Keep reading throughout this week’s issue. We’re gunna give you some ideas on what to do.