The 5 Benefits of Running

Running is an activity which can be done by really anyone. You require no starting equipment, which means it is low cost. You can start with your favourite pair of sneakers too!

Studies have shown that running increases lifespan. A 2018 meta-analysis of research on this particular activityand longevity found that runners have about a 25 to 30 percent lower rate of all-cause mortality on follow-up than non runners. It concluded: β€œAny amount of running, even once a week, is better than no running.” πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Although difficult to take up, it is one of the only activities that requires no equipment. You can decide to become a runner and go on your first run – today. It is an activity that will boost your heart rate. It will also challenge you further and further the more you do it.

Some Health benefits πŸ’š are that it helps to build strong bones, as it is a weight-bearing exercise. It will also strengthen muscles and it will improve cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, it will burn plenty of kilojoules and most definitely help maintain a healthy weight.

Although it is an activity that is difficult at the beginning, its health benefits are numerous are have been recorded for a while now. So, next time you #getOutdoors, give it a try! 🀩


The link between Nature and Mental Health

Nature and outdoor spaces are guaranteed to make your life better – not only physically but also mentally. Increasingly, we are starting to have important conversations about the connection between nature and mental health. Moreso as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded onto the planet. 🦠

Experts have linked exposure to nature to a host of benefits. These include improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.

Scientists have focused most research so far on green spaces such as parks and forests. Researchers are now also beginning to study the benefits of blue spaces, places with river and ocean views.

β€œThere is mounting evidence, from dozens and dozens of researchers, that nature has benefits for both physical and psychological human wellΒ­being,” says Lisa Nisbet, PhD, a psychologist at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, who studies connectedness to nature. β€œYou can boost your mood just by walking in nature, even in urban nature.”

It was like a sucker punch to our daily routines. It forced human beings to isolate indoors which is showing to have a detrimental effect on mental health statistics. According to, 30% of the UK population has reported living with some kind of mental health issues. πŸ§‘β€βš•οΈ



Outdoor Activities and the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted much of our access to some every-day activities such as going to the gym or doing group sports. But, that does not mean that we can not find alternatives and ways to stay healthy and get outside.

Depending on your local availability, you can engage in a number of different activities. Additionally, if you have access to lakes, national parks, hiking trails or winter wonderlands, your possibilities are much more wider.
Some of these activities include:

🚢 Walking

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Running and hiking

πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ Biking

πŸ§— Rock climbing

β›΅ Kayaking, canoeing, diving, boating or sailing

⛷️ Skiing

πŸ‚πŸΎ Snowboarding

πŸ‹πŸ» Outdoor Fitness classes

🧘🏿 Outdoor Yoga

Cold or warm – most of these activities, such as walking, can be done during any type of weather or season. You can also use a fitness app, writsband or smart watch t maximize your workout and track your steps while you’re walking. Integrated Health apps on most smartphones such as Samsung Health or Apple Health even provide walking challenges that you can do with friends. Also, you can enter global challenges and take your fitness and health into your own hands.

Numerous apps allow you to compete with other active people virtually, from walking to running challenges to virtual bike races. Most important of all, try to stay consistent with moving your body daily, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.