Sonja Weick likes to do hard things. That’s how she ended up competing in Eco Challenge: Fiji and being featured on the Amazon Prime show about what’s billed as the world’s toughest endurance race. But all is not always sunshine and big wins in Sonja land — something the reality program showed viewers worldwide. In this episode Sonja Weick talks about her journey into the outdoors, how it has impacted her mental health and how doing hard things outside – no matter what they are – can change you.

[2:32] Sonja Weick’s favorite outdoor space
[4:31] How Sonja became a person who likes to go outside
[7:33] Sonja tells us about Eco Challenge
[16:33] Why doing hard things outside is important to Sonja
[17:55] The differences between Eco Challenge and Ironman
[24:21] What outdoor users and athletes have to think about when they take on hard things
[28:00] Sonja talks about her panic attack during Eco
[35:26] How she got through it
[41:55] How outdoor life impacts her mental health
[43:55] Do endurance activities outside have a bigger impact on mental health than other types of activities?
[49:17] Sonja’s tips for using endurance sport outside for mental health
[53:25] Sonja’s favorite and most essential outdoor gear
[57:30] Sonja’s favorite outdoor moment

Join Amy as she reflects on the FIRST BIRTHDAY of the Humans Outside Podcast! It has been a wild ride and we are so thankful for you, our listeners! Make sure to listen to get the details on some birthday giveaways coming this month!

[:26] One whole year

[1:09] 2021 Winter Get-Out Guide

[1:48] Giveaways!

[6:02] Amy’s favorite winter gear

[8:10] Where to find Humans Outside

Carmen Rendell has learned a lot about life pivots — and she’s let spending time in nature both adventuring and just being show her the way. Now the owner of Soul Hub, Carmen is also a walking therapist, guiding her clients to growth. So what is walking therapy and how can you practice it for yourself? Carmen tells us how.

[2:13] Carmen Rendell’s favorite outdoor space

[3:58] How Carmen became someone who likes to go outside

[6:16] How Soul Hub came to be

[17:15] The plan for walking the British Isles

[24:35] The gift of having flexible goals

[25:30] What is “walking therapy?”

[25:40] But first, what is “wizard school?”

[29:00] Why nature is a great therapy space

[32:47] How movement is important in walking therapy

[35:09] Why don’t all therapists offer walking therapy?

[38:03] How anyone can do walking therapy

[47:10] Carmen’s favorite and most essential outdoor gear

[48:49] Carmen’s favorite outdoor moment

If you’re building an outdoor habit or have had one for awhile and you’re anything like Amy, you’re resistant to trying new things for a whole host of reasons. So how do you get over that hump? In this episode Amy talks about strategies for making yourself try new things outside.

[:26] Amy’s best skill

[2:38] How Amy makes herself get outside

[3:57] The importance of intentionality

[4:17] Outdoor Hero

[6:03] Where to find Humans Outside and upcoming giveaways

There is no stopping Max Romey — not when he’s painting, not when he’s filming, not when he’s running and not when he’s doing all three at exactly the same time. What he creates is better than brilliant and it’s better than art: it’s inspiration. In this episode Max shares with us his why, his world and insights into how you can find for yourself the same life fire he feels and the push to great creative in nature. 

[2:11] Max Romey’s favorite outdoor space

[3:00] How Max became a person who heads outside

[5:45] How Max sees storytelling

[7:08] Max describes his art

[12:34] How Max found his place in the world

[19:17] How nature unlocks creativity

[27:02] How 2020 changed Max’s projects and what he’s working on now

[31:25] Proof Amy is very bad at Alaska state history

[38:40] How heading outside can help non-artists tap their creativity

[44:17] Max’s favorite and most essential outdoor gear

[47:41] Max’s favorite outdoor moment

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Favorite outdoor gear: A jacket with a great chest pocket (we like this one from Outdoor Research) and a travel size sketchpad and watercolor set.

Most essential outdoor gear: A great running vest or backpack (this Adv Skin 12 from Salomon is still our favorite).

It’s easy to fall into a rut of the same old, same old when you head outside every day. After all, it’s simpler to just do the things that are, well, simple instead of seeking big adventure or heading out somewhere farther from home.

So how do you avoid that rut? In this episode we talk about what you “should” do when you head outside every day and how to keep it interesting.

[:25] In a rut?

[1:00] Amy’s experience

[2:13] Balance and intentionality

[4:23] How Amy got outside this week

[4:50] The importance of a midlayer

So you want to start a new habit like going outside every day no matter what, but you always seem to get derailed somehow. What are you doing wrong? And how can you keep yourself on track?

Sarah Hays Coomer has written a new book about exactly that. Hear Sarah talk in our Season 3 premiere not only about the how of building a habit, but the power of figuring out what you need, where it fits in your life, how to keep it going and the power of nature in all of that.

Listen to the episode on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

[2:22] Sarah Hays Coomer’s favorite outdoor space
[3:23] How Sarah first connected with the outdoors
[6:21] Why it’s important to go outside especially when you don’t want
[8:40] About Sarah’s book, The Habit Trip: A Fill-in-the-Blank Journey to a Life on Purpose
[9:28] How to create a habit
[13:15] How to know what you need
[18:45] How going outside impacts creating a habit
[22:35] What is a habit reward?
[26:14] The practice of creating a habit
[31:39] How does developing a habit help you create more?
[35:47] A few great tips for creating habits
[40:57] Sarah’s favorite and most essential outdoor great
[42:37] Sarah’s favorite outdoor momen

If you’re building or keeping an outdoor habit, you might’ve wondered what, exactly, counts as “outside” time? Are there any rules? Do you have to be in a specific place, see a specific thing, do a specific activity? Must be only daylight? Only a park? Do you have to be moving?

In this episode Amy talks through the guardrails she thinks you should – or shouldn’t – have, and talks about the ones she has for herself.

[:45] Why talking about “what counts” matters
[1:15] Gretchen Rubin likes rules, too.
[2:30] Amy likes the rules, OK?
[3:05] 3 things to remember
[3:30] The rules Amy has for herself
[4:15] What Amy doesn’t count
[5:05] What Amy did outside last week+
[5:45] Outdoor hero

Are you ready for Season 3 of Humans Outside? We are! Season 3 is all about those practical insights and how-tos for building and keeping that outdoor habit. Come with me as I talk to experts and enthusiasts learning about creating a life focused on the outdoors and how to make the most of the gifts it offers.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

[:20] Welcome to Season 3
[:30] About Humans Outside
[1:23] About Season 3
[2:30] Fun ways to connect with us