How well do you know the outdoor areas near your home? I don’t just mean the obvious spots, I mean all of the spaces.

And what would happen if you took the time to truly and deeply explore them?

That’s something British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys set out to discover as part of a personal project that turned into his new book, Local. Dividing the region into one-kilometer grid squares, Alastair systematically experienced all of the outdoor spaces near his urban home, and in the process became not only more familiar with where he lived, but also grew a deep appreciation for the nature around him found in some of the most unlikely places.

In this episode you’ll hear all about Alastair’s truly local adventure, plus some of the simple benefits of taking time to enjoy everything — the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful — that nature has for you close to home.

Listen now!

[3:08] Alastair Humphrey’s favorite outdoor space

[4:02] Alastair’s outdoor story

[5:46] What “Local” is about — project and book

[8:37] What is “nearby nature?”

[10:35] For the record, I don’t have this outside my window

[11:38] What did Alastair find during his project that surprised him?

[15:21] Embracing technology to make outside time better

[17:59] The inspiration to fix problems

[21:55] A mind shift to gratitude and curiosity

[26:12] Taking the time for adventures big and small

[28:36] How anyone can get started on a project like Local

[34:03] Alistair’s favorite outdoor moment

How well do you know the outdoor areas near your home? I don’t just mean the obvious spots, I mean all of the spaces.

And what would happen if you took the time to truly and deeply explore them?

That’s something British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys set out to discover as part of a personal project that turned into his new book, Local. Dividing the region into one-kilometer grid squares, Alastair systematically experienced all of the outdoor spaces near his urban home, and in the process became not only more familiar with where he lived, but also grew a deep appreciation for the nature around him found in some of the most unlikely places.

In this episode you’ll hear all about Alastair’s truly local adventure, plus some of the simple benefits of taking time to enjoy everything — the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful — that nature has for you close to home.

Listen now!

[3:08] Alastair Humphrey’s favorite outdoor space

[4:02] Alastair’s outdoor story

[5:46] What “Local” is about — project and book

[8:37] What is “nearby nature?”

[10:35] For the record, I don’t have this outside my window

[11:38] What did Alastair find during his project that surprised him?

[15:21] Embracing technology to make outside time better

[17:59] The inspiration to fix problems

[21:55] A mind shift to gratitude and curiosity

[26:12] Taking the time for adventures big and small

[28:36] How anyone can get started on a project like Local

[34:03] Alistair’s favorite outdoor moment

If you’ve been keeping your outdoor habit for awhile just like me, you might be looking for a way to give it a little boost. Or maybe you’re new to this, but want to add a little spice or specific outings to your outdoor life.

If that’s you, this easy new outdoor habit I’m trying this year is probably the perfect fit. It’s a simple, low time commitment and interesting option and I can’t wait to see how it goes over the coming months.

Want to join me? Learn all about it in this episode of Humans Outside. Listen now!

[:28] I was worried about getting stuck in a rut

[:54] I was curious about forest bathing

[1:22] And then I heard this idea from Alastair Humphries — brilliant!

[2:19] How I picked my own version

[3:24] Here’s what I picked

[4:05] Here’s what I did while I was there

[5:04] You should do this, too!

If you’ve been keeping your outdoor habit for awhile just like me, you might be looking for a way to give it a little boost. Or maybe you’re new to this, but want to add a little spice or specific outings to your outdoor life.

If that’s you, this easy new outdoor habit I’m trying this year is probably the perfect fit. It’s a simple, low time commitment and interesting option and I can’t wait to see how it goes over the coming months.

Want to join me? Learn all about it in this episode of Humans Outside. Listen now!

[:28] I was worried about getting stuck in a rut

[:54] I was curious about forest bathing

[1:22] And then I heard this idea from Alastair Humphries — brilliant!

[2:19] How I picked my own version

[3:24] Here’s what I picked

[4:05] Here’s what I did while I was there

[5:04] You should do this, too!

One of my favorite things I’ve gained from heading outside every day? The discovery that I have an incredibly useful superpower.

No, it’s not x-ray vision, time travel or flying, which is a bummer because those would all be very cool. It’s a move power — the power to make myself do things I don’t want to do. And you cannot imagine how helpful this superpower is in all sorts of circumstances.

I think you have a superpower, too. Let’s figure out what it is.

Listen now!

[:35] I was here when I remembered my superpower

[1:14] This is my superpower and why I love it

[2:35] I think you have a superpower, too — here’s what it might be

[3:29] Why these superpowers matter

One of my favorite things I’ve gained from heading outside every day? The discovery that I have an incredibly useful superpower.

No, it’s not x-ray vision, time travel or flying, which is a bummer because those would all be very cool. It’s a move power — the power to make myself do things I don’t want to do. And you cannot imagine how helpful this superpower is in all sorts of circumstances.

I think you have a superpower, too. Let’s figure out what it is.

Listen now!

[:35] I was here when I remembered my superpower

[1:14] This is my superpower and why I love it

[2:35] I think you have a superpower, too — here’s what it might be

[3:29] Why these superpowers matter

If new habits or a wellness practice refresh is on your mind, you’re in good company. The start of a new year or new season often feels like the perfect time for a refresh.

But if you’re going to squeeze in a new helpful habit or practice, you might need to phase out an old, less-helpful one. And that’s easy to say, but hard to do.

In this episode of Humans Outside, wellness coach and habit expert Sarah Hays Coomer walks us through how to build good habits and get rid of old ones while talking through practical examples of how to make it happen.

Listen now!

[2:54] Sarah Hays Coomer’s favorite outdoor space

[4:28] How Sarah became someone who likes to go outside

[7:12] A little bit on the nuts and bolts of habits

[9:29] Some practical habit building

[14:41] The seasons of habits

[18:20] The cruel irony of flexibility vs. consistency

[19:30] Why some habits are hard to break

[22:23] What a growth mindset has to do with it

[24:00] The curiosity factor

[28:30] Microdosing wellness

[31:00] Fitting in the stuff you know you like even when the internet calls your name

[34:18] Breaking out of a ‘bad’ habit

[37:16] You really do have time

[39:52] Sarah’s favorite outdoor moment

If new habits or a wellness practice refresh is on your mind, you’re in good company. The start of a new year or new season often feels like the perfect time for a refresh.

But if you’re going to squeeze in a new helpful habit or practice, you might need to phase out an old, less-helpful one. And that’s easy to say, but hard to do.

In this episode of Humans Outside, wellness coach and habit expert Sarah Hays Coomer walks us through how to build good habits and get rid of old ones while talking through practical examples of how to make it happen.

Listen now!

[2:54] Sarah Hays Coomer’s favorite outdoor space

[4:28] How Sarah became someone who likes to go outside

[7:12] A little bit on the nuts and bolts of habits

[9:29] Some practical habit building

[14:41] The seasons of habits

[18:20] The cruel irony of flexibility vs. consistency

[19:30] Why some habits are hard to break

[22:23] What a growth mindset has to do with it

[24:00] The curiosity factor

[28:30] Microdosing wellness

[31:00] Fitting in the stuff you know you like even when the internet calls your name

[34:18] Breaking out of a ‘bad’ habit

[37:16] You really do have time

[39:52] Sarah’s favorite outdoor moment

It’s good to take a beat, think about the past few seasons and decide with intention how you want to go forward. My preferred method for memory? Photo scrolling.

And so I dove into some memories of outdoor time from the past year, and when I was done I had found two important outdoor lessons that I can take with me to make my future choices and adventures that much better.

… And they can help you, too.

Listen now!

[:35] Taking a cruise through old photos

[1:05] A few lessons from the past year

[2:03] The first lesson

[2:49] Lesson, the second

[4:26] My hope for you

It’s good to take a beat, think about the past few seasons and decide with intention how you want to go forward. My preferred method for memory? Photo scrolling.

And so I dove into some memories of outdoor time from the past year, and when I was done I had found two important outdoor lessons that I can take with me to make my future choices and adventures that much better.

… And they can help you, too.

Listen now!

[:35] Taking a cruise through old photos

[1:05] A few lessons from the past year

[2:03] The first lesson

[2:49] Lesson, the second

[4:26] My hope for you

In seasons of literal darkness it’s important to hunt for the light. And there’s plenty of places to find it — warming fires, twinkle lights or the Menorah, shining stars, headlamps and more.

But my favorite way is through a more figurative means: the light of other humans.

With winter darkness and the importance of light on my mind, now is a perfect time to briefly pause and appreciate the light of humans as we go outside together.

Listen now.

[:35] The question: where do you find light?

[1:00] The light situation around here

[1:48] Some light places

[2:45] My favorite source of light

[3:06] Here’s who they are and where to find them

In seasons of literal darkness it’s important to hunt for the light. And there’s plenty of places to find it — warming fires, twinkle lights or the Menorah, shining stars, headlamps and more.

But my favorite way is through a more figurative means: the light of other humans.

With winter darkness and the importance of light on my mind, now is a perfect time to briefly pause and appreciate the light of humans as we go outside together.

Listen now.

[:35] The question: where do you find light?

[1:00] The light situation around here

[1:48] Some light places

[2:45] My favorite source of light

[3:06] Here’s who they are and where to find them

If the deep, dark winter and cold are hitting you like a ton of bricks just like they are hitting me, it might be time to stand back and remember what you’ve done in the past that can boost your mood this time of year.

It’s OK to say you hate the darkness and winter weather. Saying it out loud helps me move through it. But what isn’t going to help me is giving up and hating it from my couch. So to fight back I’m trying a pair new outdoor habit experiments to see if they can help my mood and get me through the dark months.

Learn more in this episode.

[:35] We’ve got the outdoor blahs

[1:00] Oh, hi seasonal depression

[3:00] Let’s just acknowledge that everything actually is terrible

[3:39] Busting me out of this mood in two parts

[3:54] Chasing daylight

[5:20] One big adventure, one little adventure

If the deep, dark winter and cold are hitting you like a ton of bricks just like they are hitting me, it might be time to stand back and remember what you’ve done in the past that can boost your mood this time of year.

It’s OK to say you hate the darkness and winter weather. Saying it out loud helps me move through it. But what isn’t going to help me is giving up and hating it from my couch. So to fight back I’m trying a pair new outdoor habit experiments to see if they can help my mood and get me through the dark months.

Learn more in this episode.

[:35] We’ve got the outdoor blahs

[1:00] Oh, hi seasonal depression

[3:00] Let’s just acknowledge that everything actually is terrible

[3:39] Busting me out of this mood in two parts

[3:54] Chasing daylight

[5:20] One big adventure, one little adventure

When I moved to Alaska from Tennessee I was not someone who spent a lot of time outside, and I owned virtually no clothing you and I would think of as “winter gear.” I simply had no experience spending time outside in cold weather, and I had no idea what I was doing.

In the years since I have quite a lot of time to practice going outside comfortably in all types of weather and seasons, which means I have had some time to figure out what I like to wear out there — and what I don’t.

Maybe these experiences can help you, too, as you learn to how to stay warm and comfortable outside all winter long.

[:35] I have a whole lot of practice with outdoor gear because it’s winter here for months and months and months

[1:30] First let’s talk about the things I like the most and why

[2:00] The star of the show

[2:45] Foot stuff

[3:31] The core of the issue

[4:06] Neglect not the hood

[4:41] Skip this stuff

[4:45] Things that don’t fit right

[6:07] Cold heads even if they’re cute

When I moved to Alaska from Tennessee I was not someone who spent a lot of time outside, and I owned virtually no clothing you and I would think of as “winter gear.” I simply had no experience spending time outside in cold weather, and I had no idea what I was doing.

In the years since I have quite a lot of time to practice going outside comfortably in all types of weather and seasons, which means I have had some time to figure out what I like to wear out there — and what I don’t.

Maybe these experiences can help you, too, as you learn to how to stay warm and comfortable outside all winter long.

[:35] I have a whole lot of practice with outdoor gear because it’s winter here for months and months and months

[1:30] First let’s talk about the things I like the most and why

[2:00] The star of the show

[2:45] Foot stuff

[3:31] The core of the issue

[4:06] Neglect not the hood

[4:41] Skip this stuff

[4:45] Things that don’t fit right

[6:07] Cold heads even if they’re cute

Learning how to stay warm and, therefore, comfortable in cold weather can be the difference between a great outdoor experience and one you never, ever want to have again.

And while so much of the “what” of the clothing that you wear outside will be based on your own personal preferences and needs (helpful, right?), there are some basic building blocks that you can lean on to get started.

Enter the mysterious yet necessary “base layer.”

What do you need to know about picking a great base layer? What kind of fabric and fit should you look for? What goes on top of it? And why do some outdoor adventure clothes cost so much?

In this episode Jen Loofbouroow, founder of the outdoor apparel company Alpine Fit, tells us all of the secrets to layering, gives her best tips for staying warm and happy during any outside adventure and walks us through what we need to know about getting dressed for cold weather.

Listen now!

Some of the good stuff:

[3:59] Jen Loofbourrow’s favorite outdoor space

[4:55] The very Canadian way she became someone who likes to go outside

[5:51] The Alpine Fit story

[8:35] A word of caution about too many good ideas during adventures

[11:40] The secrets of sizing

[22:32] What the heck is a “base layer”

[24:02] Why we’re glad layers don’t have butt flaps anymore

[25:00] A few gear essentials

[28:41] What to wear on a normal person cold day

[31:47] A digression on the subject of hand warmers

[35:50] What to wear on a really cold day

[41:24] A little bit about price point and why things are so expensive

[50:16] Jen’s favorite outdoor moment

Learning how to stay warm and, therefore, comfortable in cold weather can be the difference between a great outdoor experience and one you never, ever want to have again.

And while so much of the “what” of the clothing that you wear outside will be based on your own personal preferences and needs (helpful, right?), there are some basic building blocks that you can lean on to get started.

Enter the mysterious yet necessary “base layer.”

What do you need to know about picking a great base layer? What kind of fabric and fit should you look for? What goes on top of it? And why do some outdoor adventure clothes cost so much?

In this episode Jen Loofbouroow, founder of the outdoor apparel company Alpine Fit, tells us all of the secrets to layering, gives her best tips for staying warm and happy during any outside adventure and walks us through what we need to know about getting dressed for cold weather.

Listen now!

Some of the good stuff:

[3:59] Jen Loofbourrow’s favorite outdoor space

[4:55] The very Canadian way she became someone who likes to go outside

[5:51] The Alpine Fit story

[8:35] A word of caution about too many good ideas during adventures

[11:40] The secrets of sizing

[22:32] What the heck is a “base layer”

[24:02] Why we’re glad layers don’t have butt flaps anymore

[25:00] A few gear essentials

[28:41] What to wear on a normal person cold day

[31:47] A digression on the subject of hand warmers

[35:50] What to wear on a really cold day

[41:24] A little bit about price point and why things are so expensive

[50:16] Jen’s favorite outdoor moment

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