Benefits of being outside

People are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of being outside. A desire to get away from it all is hardly surprising when you consider all the noise around us. The pinging of phones as emails, texts, WhatsApp messages all disrupting the peace. Then there’s the background hum of the television or radio, the endless scrolling through Instagram or Facebook…whatever way you look at it, modern life if noisy and distracting.

 

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Getting away from it all

With all that noise, it’s no wonder that more and more people are wanting to get away from it all. Spending time in nature though is not just a ‘nice’ thing to do, it has actually been proven to have positive mental and physical health benefits.

 

Physical health benefits of being outside

A study of 290 million people by the University of East Anglia found that living close to nature and spending time outdoors reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.  Being outside can also have other physical benefits. Walking up and down hills, strolling through the woods, whatever form of exercise that you choose to do, being outside can help to increase your fitness.

Truly get away from it all


Mental health benefits of being outside 

It is not just physical wellbeing that can be improved by spending time outside. Spending time in nature can also work wonders for your mental health.  According to the mental health charity Mind, spending time in nature can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress, help you to feel more relaxed, and improve feelings of confidence and self-esteem.

 

 

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That’s not all…other benefits of being outside

There’s more! It is also thought that spending time in nature can help you to reduce the signs of aging, improve your immune system and even increase creativity

 

Benefits of being outside to children

Children also take loads of benefit from being outside. In addition to all the physical benefits that adults get, playing in the woods also creates a unique sense of wonder in children’s minds. Studies also suggest that people who spend time outside as children typically experience better mental health as adults.  Spending time in nature as a child can also mean that they are more likely to recognize the importance of nature in our lives when they reach adulthood.  Given the current state of nature, encouraging children to value and protect it can only be beneficial to everyone.

 

 

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Bushcraft and the benefits of being outside 

 

Escape the noise of modern day life


Learning bushcraft is a fantastic way to get outside and reap all the benefits! Remember that trueBushcraft is about more than just survival, it is about being comfortable in nature. It is the study of ancient (and some more modern) techniques that are designed to help us live in harmony with the natural world.  On their journey to learn the art of bushcraft practitioners grow to understand the different characteristics of plants and trees, understand the calls of birds and sounds of nature. All of this means that bushcraft practitioners are truly comfortable living in the woods, they can relax, breathe in the woods and reap the mental and physical health benefits.


Introduce your family to bushcraft

Introduce your family to bushcraft this summer and enjoy the benefits of being outside as a family. The easiest way to introduce your family to bushcraft is to join our family bushcraft course.

 

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On this course, you and your family will have a chance to build your own shelter in the woods; make fire and then cook over it and much more.

This course can be as exciting and adventurous as you like. You can choose to sleep in a hammock, under a tarp or in the shelter you made as a family team or just bring a tent! You can delight in cooking your own evening meal over a fire or if you like we can supply you with ingredients and you can cook your own meal. Our instructor will stay in the woods with you should you need anything, but you will be left alone as a family to relax and enjoy spending time together and away from all the hassle of modern life in a great woodland surrounding. 

 

 

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We at Wildway Bushcraft are excited to announce the dates of our courses for 2019. It’s an exciting year ahead with highlights including our River Spey Canoe Trip, Women’s Only Bushcraft Course and our Intermediate Bushcraft Course to name but a few. Read on to find out more about our courses and click on the links below to book your space!  

Foundation in Bushcraft Skills and Wilderness Living Course Level 2 – Weekend Bushcraft Course. (IOL Accredited Course).

Course dates for 2019


8-10 February
8-10 March
12-14 April
24-26 May
7-9 June
26-28 July
9-11 August
13-15 September
18-20 October
22-24 November

One Day Bushcraft Course

Weekend bushcraft courses UK Dorset Hampshire

9 February
9 March
13 April
25 May
8 June
27 July
10 August
14 September
19 October

23 November

Spoon Carving Course

Sharpen your bushcraft axe

30 March
21 September

River Spey Canoe Expedition

Seawater into drinking water
Takes your breath away.

27 – 31 May

Women Only One Day Bushcraft Course

Friction fire course

16 March
17 August

Friction Fire Lighting Course

family bushcraft course

17 March
18 August

Intermediate Bushcraft Course

Clothing for winter camping

28 September – 2 October

Whether you head outside for your job, your hobby or simply to explore, you’re sure to have noticed how much better being outdoors can make you feel. Feeling the wind on your face, the sound of the rain or the warmth of the sun on your back, being outdoors makes you feel truly alive, but why?

Spending time in nature is good for your health

Multi-tasking modern lives

In our increasingly busy lives, with many of us being pulled between the demands of our work and home life, we can all be guilty of neglecting our physical and mental health. Multitasking, particularly with electrical devices, is one of the leading causes of stress in the western world. People who are constantly ‘connected’ and able to receive calls, emails, messages and social media updates have been found to have higher levels of physical and mental stress, so taking a break is essential. The longer the break from being so ‘connected’ the better the health benefits. So taking an ‘off-grid’ break to become connected with nature rather than wifi will do wonders for your health as well as allowing your body and mind to fully recharge.

Nature can lower blood pressure

Nature is good for your health


Why does time in nature actually make us feel so much better though? There is strong scientific evidence showing that time in nature helps to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, in our bodies. If your body is under constant stress for prolonged periods of time this can be damaging to your general health, your mental state and will limit your ability to lead a full and active life. A reduction in stress helps to reduce our blood pressure which reduces the pressure on all of your vital organs. It also helps to boost our mood as well as improving memory and concentration. Other studies have shown time in nature helps to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. These are significant findings being as at least half of us will suffer from these health challenges in our lifetime. 

Increased exercise

Discover why nature is good for you


Being outside makes us move more too, and movement is essential for good health. It doesn’t need to be a rigid exercise plan to get the physical benefits. Those of us who are active outside will have increased functional fitness and strength. This is because we will be more inclined to move in a way that nature intended rather than just making repetitive movements. Even walking outside on undulating ground where your body has to balance itself and engage the muscles needed for good posture and balance is far better than walking on level flooring inside. 

Spend time in natural light

Spending time in nature can be good for your health


Daily life can pull us into unhealthy habits without even realising. Many of us are guilty of spending too long staring at a screen during our daily life. This exposure to blue light from screens can have a detrimental effect on our sleep patterns, and let’s face it, a good night’s sleep is the backbone of good health. Not to worry though as this can be easily dealt with. Reducing screen time and increasing time in natural light will mean that your body’s natural sleep patterns are reprogrammed in no time. This will lead to a relaxed and natural sleep pattern which your body will thank you for. 

Enjoy the silence

Time in nature


Finally, and possibly my favourite reason for spending time outdoors is the noise, or lack of it. Every day life can be constantly noisy which adds to increasing stress levels. Time out in the quietness of nature will help to calm your mind, recharge and get the most out of life. What’s more, time in nature is found to be so beneficial that Drs in many countries are now prescribing time in nature, or forest bathing as it’s often called. So if you needed another reason to close your laptop and put your boots on, your health is probably the best excuse yet. So what are you waiting for, get out there and explore the great outdoors. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.

 

Five ways nature can improve your health

  • Nature can reduce the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, in our bodies.
  • Time in nature can help to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • We move more when we are outside, leading to improved fitness.
  • The natural light of the outdoors helps us to improve our sleep patterns.
  • Being outside reduces the noise, and therefore stress levels, in our lives.

Natural light is good for our health