What is the Body's Natural Medicine? The Answer is Nature.
"Nature itself is the best physician." - Hippocrates
We live in a world where spending time indoors is not only a habit but almost a requirement. Just as we need to set our intentions to eat healthier and exercise, we must also set our intentions for spending time back in nature. Take a few moments to understand the benefits of inviting nature into your life each day, learn where you can explore the great outdoors in Wisconsin, and how to experience it, even when stuck indoors.
Benefits of "Getting Back to the Green"
As a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, I know that "getting back to the green" is not just a feel-good thing. There is solid research outlining how nature is critical to our health and well-being. It's truly the body's ultimate medicine. When we take time to step away from city noise, electronics, and other loud distractions, there are incredible benefits.
Explore Wisconsin's Great Outdoors
As professionals, many of us are often stuck inside cubicles and offices, putting in long hours, where the sight of daylight is considered a "perk". We begin to lose our roots and our connection to the world around us, and that is simply dangerous for our health. I encourage you to make a commitment to get back to nature, especially now that spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. There are ample opportunities to temporarily disengage from societal demands right in our beautiful state. Whether your up for a trip near or far, here are a few of RunFit MKE's choice nature activities and destinations:
Nature Activities in Southeastern Wisconsin
Biking the Oak Leaf Trail
Kayaking down the Milwaukee River with Milwaukee Kayak Company
Appreciating the serenity of Botanical Gardens or
Camping or walking the trails at Harrington Beach
Running along breezy Lake Michigan. If you'd like to learn my favorite local trails, check out my blog: Coach Karen's Top Running Trails in Milwaukee. Additionally, learn how to stay RunFit this summer with 5 Summer Tips to Keep Your Body RunFit.
5 Must-Explore Outdoor Destinations in Wisconsin
Backpacking or swimming at Devil's Lake
Kayaking through the majestic Apostle Islands
Exploring the natural beauty of of Cave Point County Park
Birdwatching at Horicon Marsh
Experiencing the trails and waterfalls at Copperfalls State Park
You can also check out this list of adventures by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to find inspiration for your next adventure.
Bring Nature Indoors
If you don’t have regular access to nature, consider bringing it indoors with you. Plants are the most obvious way to do this. However, one study showed that people who had paintings or posters of outdoor scenery in their homes experienced more stress release. They were able to tackle more difficult tasks than those who had photos of urban scenery in their home. Nature sounds have the same affect, too, so tune into the tunes of babbling brooks or waterfalls instead of your normal radio station.
Take Your Workout Outdoors
Here at RunFit MKE, we have a bright and open studio that overlooks historic downtown Milwaukee. That doesn't mean we don't take our workout outdoors from time to time. It is vital to our overall health and well-being that we soak in the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and connect with the earth (11 Scientific Reasons from the Business Insider).
If you'd like to learn more about taking your workout outdoors or how nature can improve your quality of living, reach out. I've seen, first hand, the benefits that nature has on my client's and my very own physical and mental well-being.