I sometimes wonder if I were to quiz every person in the world, how many would call themselves an outdoor person, and how many would turn their nose up at the idea and insist they are definitely an indoor person? When looking at the portrayal of people and their need for consumer goods in the media, and how many people populate the larger towns and cities across the globe, I can imagine there may be more indoor folk than the former.

It’s a shame really, but in a way that’s what the internet is for, to educate people about the merits of keeping in touch with nature, and the benefits even a brief hike in a nearby park can have to yours and the environments well-being. It certainly never hurts to look away from your Facebook app and FoxyBingo.com games long enough to consider the possibilities. What is it about the great outdoors and the environment in general which is so important to so many of us? And how can you alter your own life to spend more time appreciating its beauty and natural wonder?

Small gestures are the best way to start.

Recycling

Taking the time to recycle what you can around the house is a great way to start your journey back to nature. Many people do not understand the significance of recycling bottles, plastic, cans and the like, but better to recycle today and see the world tomorrow, than to ignore it and lose the opportunity.

A walk in the park

Get out there with your walking boots. Even if you settle for a stroll in the park, you can still settle down on the grass and take a few moments to really appreciate the birds flitting through the sky, and the squirrels jumping from tree to tree. It’s amazing what you miss after all, when you’re too consumed with your own life to look around you.

Hiking in the woods

You might even find that a hike in the woods will put your everyday problems into perspective, remind you there are more living creatures than the human race, and their presence in the world is proof that your problems could always be worse. Do a little research into the countryside where you live and take a trek up to the highest peak. The views which are untainted by us are breathtaking.