We started Adventure Aide because we strongly believe that time spent outdoors is time well spent. Unlike most apps, Adventure Aide is designed so you can spend less time on your phone and more time out doing what you love. Check out these benefits of being outdoors:
In our opinion...
Getting outside is our favorite way to meet people with similar interests. Hiking trails, surfing lineups, and climbing crags are the best places for finding future adventure buddies because guess what? You already have something in common! Not only that, but it opens up the opportunity to swap skills, stories, and ideas.
There's nothing like being surrounded by Mother Nature to make you appreciate life and this amazing planet we live on. Whether you find yourself walking among trees or floating over waves, the beauty surrounding you will inevitably inspire your next adventure.
Push the "reset" button
It's amazing what a little fresh air can do for you! When we feel stressed out or need a little breather from a chaotic workweek, we always find ourselves feeling rejuvenated after as little as 20 minutes outside. The mental clarity we gain from being outdoors allows us to face life with more motivation and passion.
From the interweb....
Getting outside makes exercise easier.
Research conducted at the University of Essex showed that the color green, such as that found on trees, grass and other plants in nature, makes exercise feel easier. The small study tested cyclists pedaling in front of green, gray and red images. Those exercising in front of the green showed less mood disturbances and reported that they felt lower exertion during their cycling. Plus, other research showed that those who exercise outside are more eager to return for a future workout than those who stick to the gym.
Nature increases brain function.
Taking in a bit of nature can help your brain in more than one way. For starters, logging outdoor hours may increase concentration skills. One study compared concentration between children with ADHD who played outside, versus those who played inside, after school and on weekends. Kids who spent time in green, outdoor spaces reported fewer symptoms of ADHD, even when the exact same activities were compared.
Nature is great for stress-reduction.
Spending time in nature has been shown to lower stress levels, Seattle-based environmental psychologist Judith Heerwagon tells The Huffington Post. “Just looking at a garden or trees or going for a walk, even if it’s in your own neighborhood, reduces stress,” she says. “I don’t think anyone understands why, but there’s something about being in a natural setting that shows clear evidence of stress reduction, including physiological evidence — like lower heart rate.”
One reason Mother Nature may work as such a great stress-buster is through scent. The smell of many flowers, including jasmine, lilacs and roses, have been proven to decrease stress and increase relaxation. The scent of fresh pine has even been shown to lower depression and anxiety.
The outdoors make us happy.
In addition to helping decrease stress levels, spending more time with nature shows a shift toward more positive moods, says Heerwagon. While we don’t know exactly why this happens in our bodies, “the theory is that we respond positively to things that are good for us,” she tells The Huffington Post. “Trees offer shade, protection and often have fruits and nuts, so they are a source of food as well as protection and comfort.” The idea is that we like things that are inherently good for us and our survival, which is why trees and other natural elements can help lift our moods.
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