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Ten Ways Nature Can Help You Have a Healthy 2023

Ten Ways Nature Can Help You

Have a Healthy 2023

by Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, MD
Dr. Hackenmiller is the Chief Medical Advisor for the popular trail app AllTrails. Our thanks to AllTrails for helping to produce this story.

The new year often brings contemplation, motivation and resolution for greater health and happiness. Lists of life hacks, vitality secrets and weight loss tricks abound. In 2023, consider adding nature to your list of evidence-based wellness interventions. Nature encounters can be big, bold adventures, or family-friendly and free. There is something for everyone in this list of ten reasons--doctor’s orders--to opt outdoors this year, including a map from AllTrails.

5. Reduce Stress

When adult study participants spent just 20-30 minutes engaged in their preferred outdoor activity, significant reductions in the stress hormones cortisol and alpha-amylase were found in their saliva (Hunter et al., 2019). Whether sitting, walking, birdwatching, or gardening, the choice is yours and benefits start at just twenty minutes a day.

AllTrails' Map of Total Fitness Trails for 2023

10. Heal Yourself, Heal The Planet

People who spend time in nature have been found to value conservation of wildlife, land, air, and water (Zaradic, 2009 and others). Support organizations like Sempervirens Fund to protect places where you can enjoy nature and reap the myriad of health benefits. Also join us for our free webinar series, Under the Redwoods.

photo from an AllTrails user

Watch Dr. Hackenmiller Under the Redwoods

In 2022 Dr. Hackenmiller joined us Under the Redwoods to host a free forest bathing webinar on health benefits of opting outdoors! Sign up for our email list to stay up to date on this and other free webinars as our Under the Redwoods series as they are announced.

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