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Gratitude Series - Reasons to be Grateful for the Great Outdoors
Written by SuperMarie   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:19

Gratitude makes us healthier, at least according to some scientific studies When I feel down and out, I try to remind myself of all the things for which I am grateful - all the things I enjoy in life.


At present, I am nursing a broken rib from a recent fall and a case of tendinitis in my knee from some over ambitious fall gardening, as well as a sudden case of jaw popping when I chew. So, a good dose of gratitude should help me heal and get my mind off my woes. This post is part of my newest series - the Gratitude Series, meant to help us all remember some of the wonderful parts of our world and our life, so we can all be healthier and happier.


In today's crowded and developed world, many of us aren't regularly able to be outdoors as often as our ancestors. Yet the great outdoors can be mighty powerful.


Getting outdoors gives you vitamin D.

Vitamin D is essential to the health of our bones and hearts. We typically can't get enough of it from food. Unprotected exposure to sunlight for brief periods is what we need.


The feel of the sun on my skin is wonderfully warm. In spring and fall I bask in it.


Getting outdoors makes you look at distances more, easing eye strain.

Computer screens, TV screens, phone screens and walls keep our eyes focus on the near. To maintain vision, we should look up and out at a distance.


And oh what gorgeous sights there are in the great outdoors to see - green grass, fall colors, sparkling winter snows, mountain vistas, ocean waves and starry skies!


Getting outdoors wakes up your skin to temperature differences and wind.

Indoor air can be stale, stinky, and just plain boring. Step outside and you feel the wind on your cheeks, the coolness of a fall day or the breath taking heat and humidity of summer.


I love the feel of the wind, the sound of it flowing through the trees, rustling the leaves - watching its movement from place to place, like an invisible hand working through the landscape.


Getting outdoors gives you exercise.

Yes, you can go to the gym. But, going outside for your walk is free. You tend to exercise longer outside (because you may enjoy it more) , you expend more energy going up and down those hills and facing the wind. You also use different muscles.

Taking a walk around the block means that you have to get yourself back to your start point, as opposed to just stopping the treadmill and stepping off.


Although I do exercise indoors each morning (except when I have a broken rig!), when I go outside, I get involved in interesting activities or tasks that compel me to keep going until I finish.


Getting outdoors gets you out of your self.

If you are like me, you can get into a very myopic view of things if you stay indoors a lot. Sometimes I get to the state where I can't see the forest for the trees, can't see past the end of my nose, get bogged down in the details and other such cliche statements.


Being outdoors opens my mind up to other thoughts and pushes me out of that never ending loop of thought I sometimes enter.


Getting outdoors can calm our spirit and reduce our stress.

Just hearing the water babble over the stones in the brook, or the wind rustle through the trees, or the birds call to one another can ease our stress. Green spaces have a calming influence on us.


Our planet is beautiful and wondrous. We were shaped as a species to live on it, out in it. It's good for us!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:28
Do What You Can
Monday, 01 June 2015 19:23

Earlier in life, if something was wrong with one part of my body, I just assumed that I was out of commission. As I aged (now 66), I had to let go of that luxury! Something somewhere always seems to be malfunctioning. If I let one part of me dictate what the rest of me does, I'd never get anything done.



Do you skip exercising if you didn't sleep well? How about if you have a problem with one of your knees? I used to just punt in those (and other) situations where I wasn't feeling up to prime.


Now I try to keep my routine going, with adjustments if needed to accommodate the misbehaving part of me. For example, occasionally my back develops a pain in it overnight that won't quit when I start moving around. Instead of not exercising at all, I change up the routine to avoid putting stress on the part of my back that hurts.


If your feet start hurting after walking only half the distance you usually trek, it is ok, at least you walked.


If your legs quit on you, lie down or sit up and exercise your torso, neck, head and arms. If putting weight on your knees causes pain, but your legs are just fine otherwise, lie in bed or on the floor and write your name in the air with your toes!


The point here is, even if you have some kind of hurt or injury in one part of your body, there may be ways to keep the other parts moving. Moving is usually good. Of course, as always, you would want to consult your doctor.



When I was younger, nothing bothered me. I could fall asleep quickly and stay asleep all night (even through my spouse's loud snores!). Now it seems that any change in routine or the slightest degree of stress causes me to wake before it is time and fail to fall back asleep.


When I haven't gotten a full 7 or 8 hours of good sleep, I really don't feel like doing anything. However, I've found that it really helps to go ahead and do at least part of my normal exercise routine. I usually even feel better after moving around a bit.


Daily tasks.

As we age, daily tasks can become more difficult to accomplish and periodic tasks can require longer recuperation periods. If we let those factors stop us, we miss out on the sense of accomplishment from getting the job done as well as the mental and physical stimulation they provide.


One example of a time I had an extended recuperation time from a periodic task involves maintenance of my brick sidewalk. We have bricks, set in sand on top of a bed of gravel and held in place by a thin layer of concrete. The concrete is typically applied by brushing the loose mix on top of the bricks, after cleaning out the spaces (typically about 1/2 inch wide) between them. Once the mix is in place, it is kept wet for a couple of days by applying a fine mist of water every few hours.


I typically get down on hands and knees (with knee pads) to chip out the broken up concrete and any vegetation. This causes stress on my hands and wrists. We have had this sidewalk for 25 years and I have done this task at least 10 times over those years. It never bothered me until last year. After finishing the work, my wrists and hands were sore for several months before they recuperated!


Since that time, I have adjusted my routine to start slow and do a bit each day, instead of hitting it hard and fast. That seems to work just fine without any extended period of recuperation required. I do this with most daily tasks (even housework) as well as those periodic ones.


Just as we had to adjust our activities to growing bodies as young people, now we have to adjust our activities to declining ones as we age. Don't let age stop you, but respect your aging body!


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or health care provider. You should always consult yours when in doubt.



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