The Great Outdoors And How It Can Improve Your Health

Imagine being here right now!

Or, maybe here!

I wouldn't mind walking through a field and looking over and seeing that.

Don't miss the smaller and more delicate views. 

Let's teach our children how to skip a stone, sing by the campfire, climb some rocks.

Have you noticed water droplets on a leaf outside after the rain lately?

Take a good look around this beautiful earth - wherever you are  -- and get yourself to plug in less to the machines and more to our great outdoors! I hope these links will inspire you to do so . . . and do so often.

1.  Yes, even the Ivies tell us so! There are plenty of reasons being outdoors is good for your health - both physical and mental!

2.  Do you enjoy the rush and stimulation of taking a risk or two?  Plenty of us do and the outdoors offers many avenues for that. Gotta love this board with great shots of some extreme ways to spend time in nature!

3.  Have we gone too far in protecting ourselves from the sun? Making enough Vitamin D is important, too.  Here is how to get enough D when you are outside.

4.  Thinking of relocating? Check out these top spots for the outdoorsy type.

5.  Photography?  Yes, but much, much more.  I was awestruck by these.  You. too?

6.  Not into athletics? You can still get outside and even shop outdoors if that peaks your interest or take a walk in your neighborhood to appreciate your local views.

7.  Mother Nature demands respect when you read these harrowing experiences.  Do you think you would have the wherewithal and the courage to escape like they did?

8.  Grasp information better in a graphic format?  You got it. Here are are some frightening figures that spell out some connections with time outdoors and various health conditions.

pond:photo credit: <a href="">Billy Wilson Photography</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>
hay: photo credit: <a href="">Martin Sojka ..</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>
butterfly: photo credit: <a href="">Paulo Brandão</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>
water drops: photo credit: <a href="">Sergiu Bacioiu</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>
woods: photo credit: <a href="">Ian Sane</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>


  1. I love taking my workouts outside - they are so much more enjoyable.

  2. 100% agree! My weekly runs are when I get outside and feel free in nature! I love getting away from the city and simply feeling in a state of bliss among the peaceful green away from the noisy city!

  3. Hi Dannii and Ceara! I am with you. Outdoor exercising trumps indoor gym workouts for me, too. It's the fresh air and sun on my face that clinch the deal for me (if it's not too hot though :)). Thanks so much for adding to the conversation!

  4. Beautiful shots and I totally agree with you that being out in nature can change one's mood in a heartbeat. This is the perfect post for our Hop. Hope to see you next week!