When it comes to living more in tune with nature, there are many potential methods you can exercise to get fit naturally. For people who have enjoyed living in an urban environment their whole lives, it can be difficult to adapt to a more rugged and natural way of living. Not the least of which is that the nearest natural landscape could be miles away. So experiencing nature in all its grandeur might be an experience that you have had only a handful of times in your entire childhood.
Now you’re older and can make your own decisions, it might benefit you to experience nature more often, and more intimately. But what can this do for you, and how should you go about making these changes? We’re here to suggest some handy and simple methods and attitudes for doing just that. Here are three activities that I enjoy regularly now that I’ve incorporated them into my bariatric life. And most people can take them on regardless of their level of fitness (if in doubt check with your doctor).
Get Fit Naturally and Take a Hike
Getting out in nature is often an activity that people put off unless it is undertaken with a purpose. And going on a group hiking program can serve that purpose perfectly. Meeting up regularly with a community of like-minded people to hike around your local parks or more open wilderness can be immensely useful in giving you a feeling of open connectedness and respect for nature. The best part about hiking is that it’s absolutely free. If you come across a hiking group that charges, you can be sure that this experience can be perfectly emulated by setting up your own group on Facebook or another suitable social media platform. Walking is something that can be shared by everyone able to partake, so purchase some new boots, and become comfortable with breathing fresher air in a community of welcoming peers.
Get Fit Naturally and Meditate
Of course, getting in nature is not only a social pursuit. It can be a period of intense reflection, contemplation and meditation. If you’re not used to anything other than the busy pace of a city, this can feel completely empty of an experience. That’s good, it is as meditation should be. Allowing your mind to relax and quit stressing about the multitudes of responsibilities, competency hierarchies and relationships you must maintain, you come into tune with your own peaceful, breathing being. This allows you to bring more awareness and integrity into your general social relationships on any given day. Simply allow the sounds of nature to envelop you, and relax in the presence and peace of the natural world. Yoga centers, churches, New Age stores, YouTube and the internet are all places where you can find free or low-cost guided meditation.
Get Fit Naturally and Garden
Now, while we aren’t all privileged with our own garden space, it’s likely that an allotment or some other green space is being cultivated near you. Joining a volunteer gardeners organization or simply renting your own space can help you plant and cultivate flowers and vegetables alike. Even a complete novice can start and begin making headway in these hobbies relatively quickly. Gardening quickly teaches the power of patience, relaxed and persistent work, as well as serving as a wonderful excuse to get dirty. There’s something very freeing about getting knee deep in the dirt and planting beautiful new seeds. It’s a feeling experience more than a conceptual one, but you’ll know it when you experience it. It speaks to our common core of nurturing ambition that all humans experience and enjoy to do on an innate level.
Getting Fit in Nature
With these activities taken care of, you can be sure that your time in nature will increase in frequency and grow in value. This in turn will have powerful effects on de-stressing, getting fit emotionally and physically, and becoming more comfortable in your environment.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life