The great outdoors has always been hugely popular in Australia (we have plenty of space and great scenery!). But, many outdoor activities are still predominantly a man’s domain, and we want that to change.Spending time outdoors is fantastic for both men and women to get involved with, yet busy women still seem reluctant to take the time to spend on themselves! We may take the time to get outside when travelling around our great nation, however we stop once we go back to our routine commitments. Here’s seven reasons why more busy women should take the time to get outside.
The outdoors will make you happier
Being outside in the fresh air and taking in some natural vitamin D from the sun’s rays, as well as the endorphin rush that comes with the exercising are all proven to make you happier. You’ll find that taking up an outdoor activity you enjoy such as jogging or bush walking will have you grinning like a cheshire cat.
It can be a great workout
You could spend hours at the gym each week, pounding on the treadmill, lifting weights and performing endless reps, or you could enjoy the peaceful scenery while doing something you enjoy. Jogging or brisk walking can be a fantastic cardio workout - it will get your heart pumping, your arms toned and your abs flat much while you are outside having fun.
Be held accountable
Taking up a social sport can make you feel much more confident and alive in your day-to-day routine. It’s something you can do together as a team with a group of friends and keep each other accountantable in a friendly environment.
Learn to be more calm under pressure
If you’re someone who gets flustered a lot, water sports could be the cure you didn’t know existed. The tranquility of the water will help you to remain calm and feel refreshed - a few weeks in the water and you’ll be almost entirely stress-free.
Be part of an amazing culture
There are many outdoor activity options and they all come with their own unique culture. Other people you meet who share your interests.They’ll offer support, advice, encouragement, and most importantly friendship. When friendships are formed in the working environments, the discussion will often be work related. It’s great to form a new friendship group based on a health outdoor interest.
Learn to push yourself
If you choose to take on a competitive sport, you’ll push your body to do more than you thought it was capable of doing and likely overcome some mental hurdles too. It’s a great feeling to do something you thought you were incapable of, and it’s a great lesson to always push yourself in other aspects of your life.
Inspire more women
Many women have historically been held back in the business and sporting environment and that must continue to change. More women competing in outdoor activities that traditionally were consider the men's domain can help break stereotypes.If your participation encourages just one little girl to try something new, that would be a huge victory!
Would you like to become more emotionally resilient?
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About the Author:
Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programmes, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.