"Connect with Nature" - what does it mean?
Do we truly need to connect with nature to stay healthy? Discover what YOU and PLANTS have in common and why reconnecting with our natural roots is essential to our health and performance.
If you were among the fortunate ones who spent the pandemic far from the city, escaping to nature, you might have noticed some changes in your health, stress levels, and approach to life...
In everyday conversation, we often talk about the outdoors as a place where naturalists flock to feel "connected." Loving nature typically conjures images of tree-hugging (or tree-climbing) enthusiasts, flower picking, and bird-watching...
But you don't have to be a tree-hugger to enjoy the outdoors. You can have a lot of fun outdoors and enjoy all the benefits without ever having to resort to bird-watching.
Humans don't have to connect with nature – we ARE nature! Our biology is intertwined with nature, having evolved and developed alongside it for millions of years, forming part of a larger system. Yet, we often perceive ourselves as a superior species, believing that we've outgrown our reliance on nature. We've sometimes ravaged our natural habitat to satisfy our insatiable consumerist desires, convinced that we can achieve health within our concrete jungles. Who needs nature when we can sculpt our bodies to perfection at the gym, boasting buns of steel?
Who needs nature when we have buns of steel from pumping iron at the gym?
Why eat whole foods if you can chow a protein shake?
Who cares if we develop back pain because the hours of sitting tightens our hips, compresses our vertebrae... we can buy painkillers and get a massage!
I stare at a screen for twelve hours a day buy I can fix my eyesight with laser surgery
Bunions schmunions, these shoes pinch my feet but fashion means sacrifice!
Get outdoors with a pastime you LOVE!
We've become so accustomed to our modern lifestyles and coexisting with disease. Because this is the whole thing: we think of health merely as "the absence of disease." It's SO MUCH more than that. YOU could be so much more than just "not sick."
We are victims of our own convenience… because it's so much easier to:
Drive instead of walk
Sit all day
Stare at screens
Get prescriptions for pills
We have a warped vision of our approach to life that is so disconnected from our evolution that we are literally killing ourselves trying. What's the other option? Become a self-obsessed health nut or live in a treehouse? Be one of those people who spend time in the "great outdoors" in muddy wellingtons?
In the last few years, our education team at MAVERICKS has delved deep into the sports science and evolutionary biology that helps us with a deeper understanding of a holistic approach to the science of fitness and wellbeing (a natural & globalised approach).
We look beyond the resistance machines, the powdered protein shakes, and mirror selfies at the gym... A holistic approach to training, health, and wellbeing can help us improve the way we move, our resistance to injury, and our overall health.
What's causing so many humans to malfunction? An increasing divergence from our natural state and environment. Turns out that living in concrete jungles all year round is really not that great for Homo Sapiens.
In nature, we return to our origins, and focus on the basics.
Spending time outdoors is a necessity for us to stay healthy; it's not just a perk! When we spend too much time indoors, in cars, or in concrete jungles, we are depriving our bodies of:
- Full oxygenation
- Vitamin D
- Ionization from the soil
- Movement, balance, and agility
- A variety of terrains to play with
- Long-distance eyesight
- Temperature adaptation
- Improved circulation
By restricting our body's access to movement, oxygen, and nutrients, the human body slowly starts to degenerate. We tend to call this "AGEING," but age is not the issue; age is just the accumulation of our habits over time. You can age well or age badly—it's down to the accumulation of habits. As simple as that.
Before you sell your London flat and buy a tree house in the Lake District, consider a few options to improve your movement/outdoor quota:
- Walk to the shops/school/work
- Spend more time in leafy neighborhoods
- Find a sport you love that you can do outdoors
- Take your dog for a woodland adventure
- Teach your kids to play outside – lead the way!
- Wind down with a view (rather than on the sofa)
- Plan outdoor activities with your friends
- Shop at an outdoor produce market – on foot
- Take up gardening
- Move your DIY outside
Spending time moving outdoors doesn't have to look the same for everyone – heck, even a walk on the beach is considered outdoors... and there are no muddy wellingtons in sight!
We are already connected with nature – we ARE nature! The real question is, are we TUNED INTO our natural habitat? Do we spend enough time in that environment, genuinely enjoying the experience and reaping the benefits?
How do you like to spend time outdoors? We would love to know!
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