What we’ve learned about being outside

Time spent outside together has always been a big part of everything we do. And lately, we’ve seen a growing mountain of evidence that it’s even more important than we thought. Simply put, our lives are enriched by it. And when we don’t get outside, our health is often adversely affected. We’d like to share some of what we’ve discovered about the advantages to getting out there.

Physical Health and Wellness

When we’re outside – smelling the ocean air, walking a mountain path, watching the seasons change – our bodies feel restored and, we believe, age more gracefully.

Here’s what others have to say:

Outdoor Activity during Class Recess Reduces Myopia Onset and Progression in School Children
ScienceDirect.com

The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors
The New York Times: Well

Creativity and Mental Health

Need a quick stress buster? Want to improve your mood or enhance your creativity on a personal or professional project? Take a break outside.

Read on to learn more:

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain
The New York Times: Well

Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings
Plos One

“Sure, we sell L.L.Bean Boots and backpacks and fleece jackets, but they enable people to enjoy the outdoors and that adds value to their lives. What do they get from the outdoors? All kinds of physical and spiritual rewards.”

LEON GORMAN, Former President

Effects on Productivity

Studies have shown that after spending time doing something in nature, both kids and adults show signs of a boost in memory, reduced attention deficit and increased learning capacity.

For more on this topic, take a look at these articles:

Our Be an Outsider at Work Initiative
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Memory Improved 20% by Nature Walk
PsyBlog

The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature
Sage Journals; Association for Psychological Science

Future Environmental Stewards

Let’s not forget to look to the future. With our own family and friends, we’ve found that children and adults who love nature are more likely to get involved in conservation efforts.

Discover more in these two links:

Are wildlife recreationists conservationists? Linking hunting, birdwatching, and pro-environmental behavior
The Journal of Wildlife Management

4 Research-Backed Benefits of Outdoor Play
Parent.co

Outsider Reading List

Sharing time outside uncovers countless benefits to our health, our peace of mind and our productivity at work and school – which in turn influences the attitudes of those around us.

Here’s a list of our favorite inspiring and thought-provoking books about the topics we’ve addressed on this page. We hope you’ll take time to read a few – cozy up to an online version by a campfire or tuck a paperback in your tote for your next beach day.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from the nature deficit disorder
– Richard Louv

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age
– Richard Louv

Blue Mind
– Wallace J. Nichol

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
– Scott D. Sampson

Your Brain on Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality
– Eva M. Selhub & Alan C. Logan

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
– Florence Williams