5 Great Reasons To Explore With Nature

Whether it’s a sand or snow angel, we could all take a lesson from our kiddos and get our butts on the ground.

5 Great REASONS to Explore With Nature

1. Sunlight
It nourishes your body by helping it produce vitamin D. Vitamin D works with other hormones in the body to help balance calcium and build strong bones. It is also a necessary nutrient for cellular growth and helps regulate the immune system. Sunlight also helps set your internal clock so your more likely to get better rest at night time. A good 15 to 20 min in the sun a couple times a week is all you need. Be sure to apply a mineral based sunblock when your outside for longer periods. Check the active ingredients for zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide for natural mineral protection and steer clear of the others.

2. Cutting Down On Electronic Dangers
Electronic appliances including TVs and radios have EMFs (Electric Magnetic Fields) around them. There are many studies that link EMFs with cancer. If your outside on a hike or jog you’re also much less likely to be on your cellphone which emits large amounts of radio frequencies absorbed by your head when the phone is held to you ear.

3. Recharge Your Creative Side
Give your left brain a break from critical thinking and reasoning. Gather rocks or sticks with your little one. Collect flowers for a DIY project. Go bird watching. Relax and get creative with nature.

4. Connect With the Earths Energy
A popular movement called grounding is the act of spending time walking barefoot or laying directly with the Earth and connecting with the Earths natural energy. The Earths energy fields are easily transferred to the human body until common indulgences like rubber shoes get in the way. You can learn more at earthinginstitute.net.

5. Exercise
Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. Whether it’s walking, running, hiking, swimming or biking, you’ll feel better getting fresh air, burning built up stress hormones, and getting those endorphins flowing.

Who has the time? It can be hard to sneak in those little outings that will keep everyone refreshed and renewed.   A few tips to getting the whole family out the door and into nature:

1. Limit the tube. You may find you have a lot more time on your hands when the television stays off.

2. Schedule a routine walk or hike that focuses on exploring. Maybe find 3 different flowers for a project, hunt for ants or worms, or count bees that buzz by along the way.

3. Keep the kids excited. Bring along props the kids will love to use as motivation. Binoculars, magnifying glasses, butterfly nets, or shovels are a few good examples. You can find a lot of these at your local dollar stores.

4. Forget the notion that you must go far. There is plenty of exploring, planting, and playing that can be done right in your own backyard. Just get creative.

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