We all know that spending time outside in the winter is a major key to getting through the season happy and healthy. Winter temperatures and not knowing how to get comfortable in it might be one of the things keeping you inside. And that makes sense. Why in the world would you want to go outside if you know you’re going to be uncomfortable, cold and miserable?

With a little help from an expert, heading outside in cold weather doesn’t have to be an impossible and really uncomfortable challenge. Today’s guest, Sarah Histand, works to make winter recreation accessible to everyone, and that starts with learning the simple basics on how to stay warm and happy when you’re out there. She breaks down exactly what to wear when it’s cold outside in this helpful and practical episode. Listen now!

[3:22] Sarah Histand’s favorite outdoor place
[4:16] Fun and weird fact about Valdez
[4:59] How Sarah became someone who likes to go outside.
[7:28] The connection of mind and getting uncomfortable
[12:12] The first thing people need to know about dressing for cold
[15:12] The basic steps staying warm outside
[18:24] What we mean by layers
[22:30] Does getting dress for cold weather have to be expensive?
[25:57] An actual example of getting dressed for a cold day
[30:11] The glory of the buff
[32:33] The biggest cold weather dressing mistake Sarah sees
[33:54] The magic of snacks and peeing (yes really)
[36:24] Amy and Sarah’s favorite underappreciated gear
[39:19] Mistakes that were made
[42:19] Why it’s important to be gentle with yourself
[45:54] Sarah’s favorite outdoor moment

It’s not exactly a low stress time of year — and if it is now, let’s be honest, it probably will be at least a little stressful soon. That’s just how the holidays go for so many of us. It’s part of life.

But dealing with it can also be a part of life. And Amy has found that heading outside is perfect for that. In this episode Amy talks about why this time of year is so stressful for her and what she’s been doing about it.

[:50] The body does, in fact, keep the score

[1:00] Here’s what’s wrong with November

[2:28] And then there comes the holidays

[3:09] Here’s some not so good tools

[3:40] But what about going outside?

[3:55] Make a container out of it

[4:30] A recent example

Military injuries and combat trauma are part of our origin story here at Humans Outside. It’s why we started looking to nature for healing. It’s why we moved to Alaska. And it’s why we ended up spending at least 20 consecutive minutes outside every day, no matter what.

The weeks around Veterans Day are the perfect time to talk about the power of getting outside to address war wounds and the weight of military service. But there’s one thing we’ve never done: bring Luke on the show to talk about it himself.

That seems really silly, so in this episode we fix that. Hear Luke Bushatz gives his own perspective on what he experienced serving in the U.S. Army, how heading outside helped him deal with it and what he’s done about it since through his work with the veteran-focused nonprofit Remedy Alpine. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

[3:06] Let’s just make this awkward as quickly as possible

[3:50] Luke’s favorite outdoor space

[5:01] How Luke became someone who likes to go outside

[7:52] A view into Luke’s war trauma

[13:54] The moment Luke realized heading outside helped his war wounds

[17:44] All about Remedy Alpine

[21:48] Watching nature heal veterans

[31:00] How Luke has seen nature help Amy

[33:00] How we’ve seen nature help our kids

[36:18] Luke’s favorite outdoor gear isn’t boring to him

[38:00] Luke’s favorite outdoor space

Amy hasn’t always been OK with falling. Once upon a time it was exactly what she was avoiding. But since she started spending more time outside, she’s realized that falling is a somewhat inevitable part of life — plus she’s so very good at it.

So how does that help with non-outside things? In this episode Amy addresses what she’s learned from getting comfortable with falling in all the ways. Listen now.

[:46] A new thing I’m saying

[1:10] I do not have a good background with this thing

[1:20] A brief of history of a lot of falling

[3:14] Falling immersion therapy

[3:35] Getting OK with falling (not really) inside

[4:10] And now these are my options

[5:30] Help a friend out and fail a little please

For thousands of years, Tribal Nations have leaned on an understanding that everything is connected to keep themselves healthy and their communities successful. But western culture has lost or, worse, purposefully ignored the wisdom of those teachings — and it hasn’t made us exceptionally healthy and happy.

In their new book The Seven Circles, indigenous wellness advocates Thosh Collins and Chelsey Luger lay out seven interconnected principles for pursuing whole-life health. In this episode of Humans Outside Chelsey and Thosh dive into the “land” principle and use indiegnous cultural teachings to show us how spending time outside and connecting with the land can have whole-life benefits.

[2:42] Thosh Collin’s favorite outdoor space

[3:01] Chelsey Luger’s favorite outdoor space

[3:42] How Chelsey and Thosh learned the value of spending time outside

[7:22] A caveat on “indigenous” wellness

[10:37] What are the seven circles of wellness?

[17:38] Looking at the circles as an interconnected ring

[20:17] All about connecting with the land

[27:30] Why we have to learn to be connected to the land

[31:26] What we spend time with shows what we value

[35:51] How the land circle interacts with the other circles

[40:53] The stages of understanding the circles

[46:29] Thosh and Chelsey’s favorite outdoor moments

You probably know Amy is a runner. But do you know why? The story goes back to a really tragic military deployment, trying to know what to say or do when so many of your friends’ husbands don’t come home to their families and worrying that yo, too, could get The Knock any day.

Listen to this episode to learn why Amy sees running as a path to honoring the fallen while working to live an inspired life.

[:45] It’s hard to remember what I was like in the before time (not those before times)

[1:00] Before I was outdoorsy

[1:43] The story begins with a baby and a sad goodbye

[2:20] When things got real

[3:00] The problem of not knowing what to do

[3:44] The very first email invite

[4:16] Finding something to do

[5:20] The act and power of movement

[6:00] Upcoming bonus episode

[6:17] How I honored through movement this week

On the one hand is time management — using steps to get the most out of every hour. On the other hand is energy and having the bandwidth to get it all done. So what happens when you’re great at time management but always find yourself energy poor? You’ve got time to do everything you need to do, but lack the energy to get around to the things you want to do. Instead you feel rushed at best, or simply exhausted at worst.

In her new book Tranquility by Tuesday author and time management expert Laura Vanderkam lays out nine guidelines that she has found make a measurable difference in how satisfied people feel about how they spend their time. In this episode she digs into two of the nine and gives tips on how we can make them work for us.

[3:39] Laura Vanderkam pretty much just writes books for me

[4:50] Laura’s favorite outdoor space

[7:13] What is tranquility?

[9:37] What are the ‘Tranquility by Tuesday’ rules?

[12:44] Why is ‘three times a habit?’ And what does that mean?

[17:28] Intensity vs. consistency

[21:00] All about ‘one big adventure, one little adventure’

[24:15] There are no adventure police

[27:00] We’re back to intentionality again

[30:30] Overcoming inertia

[33:57] ‘Police the muscle’

Amy’s pretty used to eating her words by now, which is why she’s not at all ashamed to admit that she said she’d never, ever ski and now she kind of loves it — especially when we’re talking Nordic skiing.

But this week’s first ski of the year showed that skiing has brought a totally expected benefit: it’s taught her to actually look forward to winter. Never underestimate the power of anticipation.

[:46] I’m OK with eating my words even if it’s a fail

[1:10] My “never ski” proclamation was totally legit

[1:58] Yes, we’re blaming this on Luke

[2:58] Why wanting and action are not the same.

[3:55] What happened when I actually tried

[4:11] The power of anticipation

[5:05] A recent ski season win

There’s a real push and pull. On the one hand, many women want to head outside solo and have amazing adventures alone. On the other hand, doing so can feel like a huge safety risk, especially when we hear about the major tragedies some women encounter doing things that should be perfectly safe.

So what should you do? Stay home? Only head out with friends and family?

Nicole Snell, a safety expert and owner of Girls Fight Back who specializes in self-defense in the outdoors, has a different idea. In this episode she shares her best tips and tricks to empower you to get into nature solo while also staying safe.

[4:06] Nicole Snell’s favorite outdoor space

[4:52] How Nicole became someone who likes to go outside

[7:16] How she got into self-defense

[14:05] Why people (often women) feel unsafe alone outside

[20:12] What self-defense tools should people use?

[26:54] What we mean when we say “use your words.”

[28:55] Why she didn’t say “I’m sorry”

[31:57] The role of intuition

[37:41] How to make the outdoors more safe for everyone

[41:10] Top three tips for self-defense in nature

[44:41] Nicole’s favorite outdoor memory