Hetty Key was so curious about how people experience the outdoors and what it does to their lives and attitudes, that she started her own research company to look specifically at women in sport. Her U.K-based firm, Women in Adventure, has now produced three studies on women in the outdoors. In this episode she walks us through her findings about mental health and nature, detailed in her 2019 report on her Mental Wellbeing Survey. We loved hearing her most surprising discoveries, and how we can use her findings to fuel our everyday life outdoors.
[1:54] Hetty Key’s favorite outdoor space
[2:59] How Hetty became someone who liked to go outside
[5:40] How she found something she likes to do outside
[9:45] All about Hetty’s research
[15:57] What Hetty’s research shows about mental health and adventure
[17:24] What is adventure?
[20:24] This many women thought adventure has a positive impact on wellbeing
[21:40] Breaking down mental wellbeing
[24:52] Why do some activities help mental health more than others?
[26:22] How does going outside impact how women see themselves?
[35:10] Why she didn’t look at “dosage”
[42:42] Hetty’s favorite and most essential outdoor gear
[45:12] Hetty’s favorite outdoor moment