Ten Reasons Why…

Good morning, everyone!  I have a sponsored post today with Backcountry and ShopStyle.  I hope you enjoy the post and find something to add to your spring running wardrobe (because running clothes > real clothes IMO;).   Don’t forget to check out the discount code HUNGRYRUNNERBC to get 15% off your first order at Backcountry.com (exclusions apply).

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(Craft CTM Ultra 2 Running shoes, Stance Montalvo Tab Running Socks, Varley Kallin Running Shorts, The NorthFace Simple Logo Tri-Blend Tank, Basin and Range French Terry 1/2-Zip Pullover, Sunski Ventana Polarized Sunglasses)

We made it to my favorite time of year to run!  I can still see some snow in the mountains, but my runs include shorts and a tank top.  Most of the trails have more green than normal, with pops of flowers throughout the miles.  We deserve these sights after some cold, cold months.

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(These Varley Kallin Running Shorts are so lightweight, and the thick waistband is a must for me)

No matter what season we are in, getting outside to connect with nature is essential for my mental health.  The entire family is happier if I get outside each day because I am more patient and happy when I do.

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(Craft CTM Ultra 2 Running Shoes)

Backcountry is all about getting EVERYone outside and moving.  No matter what brings you joy outside, Backcountry loves helping people connect with nature, whether going on huge adventures or for a walk around the block.

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Backcountry offers amazing outdoor brands to help make your experience very comfortable—> Everything from Arc’Teryx, Patagonia, Fjallraven, Black Diamond, and so many more.

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I’m not only obsessed with their run gear, but I love everything they offer for spending the rest of the day chasing around the kids at the park, on their bikes, or in the yard.

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(Patagonia Home Water Trout Pocket Responsibili-Tee)

My favorite runs are the ones that require some lightweight running sunglasses.

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(Sunski Ventana Polarized Sunglasses, Stance Montalvo Tab Running Sock)

To end things off today, I’ve been thinking a lot about something… The last few weeks of cross-country coaching at the elementary school have been incredible.  The biggest thing I’ve noticed so far in coaching is that while some of these kids don’t care much about running yet, ALL of these kids are benefiting from being outside and moving.  It’s almost like we were made to be outside. I wanted to share some of my favorite benefits of being outside, and I would love to hear about yours in the comments.

*It is my favorite energizer.  Without fail, if I feel tired indoors, I feel alive again as soon as I go outside.

*”Lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress- Spending time walking among or simply looking at trees lowers blood pressure and reduces the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.” (source)

*It has brought me some of my best friends… The conversations I have outside with friends always tend to be so much deeper with fewer distractions.  There is something so easy about sharing your thoughts and feelings when doing something hard together outside on the run.

*”Want to age gracefully?  Going outside every single day may be the key.  One study showed those in their 70s  who spent time outdoors every day had fewer complaints of common aging pains than those who didn’t.”  (source)

*Being in nature helps me to remember to be playful.  When I am inside, I am all about the to-do lists, cleaning, and work but put me outside, and I remember how to play again.

*I have found that my best problem-solving always happens when I am outside.  I can see the situation so much more clearly when breathing in the fresh air and having the sun beat down on my face.  It helps me see the bigger picture and stop sweating about the small stuff.

*Andrew takes outdoor breaks after every 30 minutes of studying.  A few minutes of being outside helps me, Andrew, and the kids focus better on whatever task we are working on.

*”Sun exposure increases vitamin D levels and helps optimize hormones” (source) YES, PLEASE.

*MY SLEEP after a day outside is so much better vs. the days I am inside more.  I sleep like a rock when I get outside during the day.

*”Being outside in natural light can be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects people during particular seasons or times of the year.  And people tell us that getting into nature has helped them with many other types of mental health problems” (source). I’ve always noticed that with each mile of my run, my anxiety decreases more and more.

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Tell me your favorite benefits of getting outside for you?