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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Dec 1, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Adirondack Prescription: Get Out!

Admittedly, I expend a large percentage of column inches reveling in my surroundings here on the Adirondack lifestyle blog. It happens for a couple of reasons: this medium lends itself to visual communication, people frequently don’t have time to read too many words, and the scenery actually is pretty darn nice here.

However, the reason I made the decision to relocate to the Adirondacks involves considerations much larger and more important than big mountains and breathtaking views. I believe living close to nature and natural cycles helps create a wholesome and healthy life. I find it easy to live close to nature in the Adirondacks, and thus I feel better.

Since my first sentient moment I have been drawn to the outdoors. It turns out I wasn’t so odd. There is the Adirondack Wellness Theory, based on scientific data that supports spending time outside in nature is good for humans. In a “forest kindergarten” class for example, in Saratoga Springs, New York, just south of the Adirondack Park, pupils spend three hours a day outside. The children ages, 3 ½ to 6, are outside, rain or shine, every day! That sounds reasonable to me. My son spent at least three hours a day outside growing up in the Adirondacks. He was a happy kid and he slept well. Oh yes, here is another new study that provides the obvious answer to the question, “Does Exercise Help You Sleep?”
I wish they had talked to me before they spent all that money on the study.