Take it Outdoors

The immense benefits of getting moving in nature

April 26, 2024

The immense benefits of getting moving in nature

April 26, 2024

In today’s fast-paced, screen-dominated world, prioritising time spent outdoors has never been more important. Whether it’s the demands of remote working or the constant temptation of digital distractions during downtime, our mental wellbeing is under siege. Research underlines the profound benefits of immersion in nature, not only for mental health, but also for physical fitness, cognitive function and connection.

Mental wellbeing:

Spending time in nature offers a break from the stresses of everyday life. Studies show that spending time in natural environments reduces feelings of stress and anxiety and creates a sense of calm and relaxation. As little as 90 minutes of outdoor activity can reduce symptoms of depression and improve overall mental health. Exposure to nature also promotes kindness towards others and increases environmental awareness.



Outdoor activities provide an interesting and varied space for exercise, a refreshing alternative to indoor workouts. Whether it’s hiking, cycling, kayaking or simply taking a brisk walk, outdoor exercise boosts cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles and improves overall stamina. The varied terrain, weather and natural obstacles encountered outdoors also challenge the body in ways that indoor exercise often cannot replicate, leading to greater functional fitness and resilience.


Cognitive benefits:

The benefits of being outdoors extend beyond physical and mental health to include cognitive function. Time spent in nature has been shown to improve attention, working memory and cognitive flexibility. For children, playing outdoors promotes creativity, problem-solving skills and social development. Access to green spaces stimulates the brain and fosters curiosity and a sense of wonder, which are essential for lifelong learning and mental growth.



Humans have an innate connection to nature, and immersion in the outdoors has been shown to create a deeper sense of belonging and connectedness. Disconnecting from technology allows us to fully engage with our surroundings, cultivating mindfulness and awareness of the present moment. Whether alone or with others, outdoor activities provide opportunities for meaningful connections with nature and other people, building a sense of community and belonging.
Incorporating outdoor activities into our daily lives has immense benefits. By prioritising time spent in nature, we can reap the many benefits of the outdoors, from improved mood and cognitive function to enhanced physical fitness and social connectedness.

So, it’s time to take it outdoors!
Lace up your shoes, grab your gear and head out into the great outdoors. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through a local park or an adrenaline-pumping adventure in the wilderness, the benefits of outdoor activities await!


Tips for getting started with outdoor fitness:

  • Start small: If you’re new to outdoor activities, start with short walks or gentle hikes to gradually build up your stamina and confidence.
  • Explore Local: Convenience is key to incorporating regular doses of nature into your week. Take advantage of nearby parks, forests and nature reserves to discover new outdoor exercise spots and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
  • Stay safe: Always prioritise safety during outdoor activities by wearing appropriate clothing, staying hydrated and being aware of weather conditions and hazards.
  • Mix it up: Keep your outdoor workouts exciting by trying different activities such as swimming, rock climbing or outdoor group fitness classes.
  • Make it social: Increase your connection to others, sense of community, safety and consistency by making your outdoor exercise social. Join a local running club, outdoor group fitness class or walking group.
  • Disconnect to reconnect: Take the opportunity to disconnect from digital distractions and fully immerse yourself in the present moment. Put your phone on airplane mode, unplug from social media and take in the sounds and sights around you to fully enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.



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