A few months ago I started a ‘Healthy Hacks’ series on my blog where I shared easy healthy changes to make to help guide y’all towards a healthier lifestyle. Therefore, when Cotopaxi reached out to me recently to help share some of my favorite healthy tips it was a no-brainer to partner with them. They’re a really awesome company that I recently discovered that focuses on encouraging people to get out, stay active and do something good every day.
Honestly, the minute I heard from them they immediately reminded me of a friend who recently passed away. He was all about getting out and exploring nature. He believed people should spend more time getting to know nature and that by living each day to the fullest, we can all become the best versions of ourselves. Following his adventures led me to realize how far away from my past I had gotten. I used to go camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking and more and slowly as I got older I spent more and more time inside.
Since starting this blog a few years ago, it’s been a great vehicle for me to challenge myself. I started with running because it was a lifelong passion of mine. It got me outside during the long, cold Michigan winters. I bought a SUP to enjoy those hot summer days. I started taking my dog on hikes in local parks (yes – you can hike even in flat states like Michigan! Tons of state parks and county parks have awesome trail systems to explore!). I learned to enjoy every season instead of complaining about the weather. I also returned to doing at least a few minutes of yoga every day.
The changes I’ve seen are nothing short of amazing. I’m happier, I have less of a desire to ‘keep up with the Jonses’ by buying material things that I cannot afford. My fiancé have a 2007 Civic that we haul both our SUPs on instead of upgrading to a Truck. We’ve found ways to explore nature for virtually nothing and the benefits are truly priceless.
We joined a local CSA so we eat locally. It’s amazing how good food tastes when it was picked the same day you eat it! I’ve had so much fun exploring my local ecosystem and creating a more sustainable earth to leave to future generations. All of these changes truly compound on each-other and lead to me living such a happy, fulfilling life.
My best advice to you is to start by getting outside and enjoying the sunshine! If you’re caught in unhealthy habits, start today. Go for a walk after work, and stop to smell some pretty flowers. Go to a local park and simply relax for a few minutes. Find a local farmers market and buy some in-season produce – berry season has begun in Michigan if you’re lucky enough to live here!! Long story short, start living outside of your comfort zone. Try something new, or rediscover an old hobby and get back to nature.