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Why You Should Create a Nature-Related New Year’s Resolution

It's that time of year again - the holidays are wrapping up and everyone is turning their sights to New Year's resolutions. If you're like most folks, your resolution probably involves hitting the gym more, running a 5K, or generally getting in better shape. And while we here at Cordova Outdoors, we absolutely support those types of fitness-focused goals, we'd like to encourage you to take it a step further this year and make a nature-related resolution as well.

You see, time spent outdoors, reconnecting with the natural world, provides a whole host of benefits that you just can't get from even the most intense workout routine. Sure, the gym can help build muscle, burn calories, and release mood-boosting endorphins. But hiking that scenic trail or kayaking across a tranquil lake also offers those perks - plus so much more.

Expand Your Fitness Goals: Incorporating Nature into Your New Year’s Resolutions

For one, being out in nature provides a unique kind of cardiovascular challenge. Rather than just moving on a flat treadmill or elliptical, you'll be navigating varied terrain, ascending and descending hills, and really getting your heart rate up. This type of incline training is proven to be more effective for fat burning and overall fitness than standard cardio. And you get to enjoy beautiful views while you work up a sweat!

Embrace the Outdoors: The Benefits of a Nature-Related New Year’s Resolution

There's also the mental health aspect to consider. Numerous studies have shown that spending time outdoors, surrounded by trees, water, and open skies, can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels, improve focus and concentration, and generally boost your mood. It gives your mind a much-needed break from the constant digital stimulation and demands of modern life. When was the last time you just sat quietly and listened to the birds chirping or watched the clouds drift by overhead? Doing so can be incredibly grounding and restorative.

And let's not forget the sense of accomplishment and pride you'll feel when you complete a challenging hike or paddle. There's nothing quite like that moment when you reach the summit of a mountain and take in the awe-inspiring vista below. Or the peaceful serenity you experience as you glide across a glassy lake in your Cordova Outdoors kayak, no motor noise to disturb the stillness. These are the kinds of experiences that stick with you, filling you with a deep appreciation for the natural world and your own capabilities.

Connecting with Nature: Elevating Your 2024 Resolutions for More Outdoor Time

So as you're thinking about your 2024 resolutions, we encourage you to carve out some dedicated nature time, whether that's a weekly hike, monthly camping trip, or daily stroll around the local park. Stock up on the right gear from Cordova Outdoors - a rugged Backcountry Class Backpack, Daypack, or Lunchpack cooler to keep your provisions fresh, or one of our Trailhead Class Drinkware mugs, tumblers, or bottles to keep you hydrated on any excursion. Get out there and let Mother Nature work her magic. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

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