There is a surefire way to amplify your health and your skills.
Whether you are a runner, martial artist (maybe not a sports competitor) yoga practitioner or whatever, your training will be amplified outdoors.
For a start fresh air and sunlight give you an instant hit.
All of your senses will be much more engaged making the whole experience a more holistic and embodied approach than the cleansed, de-risked environment or a studio, dojo or gym.
In most cases it takes more effort to get outside and therefore more willpower. You strengthen this a little each time you use it. Rather like a taking a cold shower.
Your awareness will be heightened.
Your movement has to be more mindful because of natural obstacles. You also begin to see more opportunities in the environment for use as defence, weapons, obstacles, challenges and tools. You become more adaptable to a random number of variables in weather, terrain, surface etc.
A natural environment will make you move more naturally.
Traversing rocks, logs, trees etc. sitting on the floor or on a log makes you step properly, sit properly and move properly. Nature is the perfect teacher for heathy, organic movement: soft, steady, balanced, smooth and powerful.
The detox from the cyber hive of screens resets your eyes and posture.
Going to sleep with firelight and waking with the sun resets your body clock and will give you an immeasurably good nights sleep. Being able to look at the stars in the heavens can reconnect you with the bigger picture. Who we are, where we come from, where we are going. Perspective.
The outdoors for me is the best place to hone your skills and your health.
The more urbanised we become, the more wild we need.
Try to get in touch with your wild side more often. Get outside to a natural area and train, walk, move.
Study after study has shown that just a few hours in nature, even once a month, is enough to lower key biological markers:
- 12.4% decrease in the stress hormone cortisol,
- 7% decrease in sympathetic nerve activity,
- 1.4% decrease in blood pressure and a
- 5.8% decrease in heart rate.
- On subjective tests, study participants also report better moods and lower anxiety.
Th upcoming Living Systema Camp in Wiltshire will really hone in on the benefits outlined above and the price goes up in a few weeks time so lock in the early bird price now.
I will also be covering how to get the most out of outdoor training this weekend in Lancashire and in the Highlands of Scotland in June:
- June 8-9 Aboyne (Scottish Highlands) Systema Course. Contact Steve Murphy for details.
- July 3-7 Wiltshire 5 Day Intensive Camp. Click here for details. Price goes up in a few weeks time!
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My very best wishes for your training and health as always,