The MAD Outdoors

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

11 scientific reasons you should be spending more time outside

by Lauren F. Friedman and Kevin Loria

Business Insider

April 22, 2016

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir

Murray Athletic Development is a big believer in the countless benefits of spending time in nature and is a proponent of doing so on a regular basis. Study after study has shown that habitual interaction with nature leads to increased health and wellness in a variety of forms.

Lifelong good health and well-being are essential components of Long Term Athletic Development which is one of the cornerstones of MAD’s training philosophy. Each issue of MAD Times has featured an article about LTAD in which MAD Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan Munoz, M.S., C.S.C.S., discusses one of its many facets.

The ultimate goal of L.T.A.D. is not so much to have athletes peaking at the end of a season or even at the end of their competitive careers, but much more so to have athletes possess the ability to flash the latest moves on the dance floor at their eightieth, ninetieth, and centennial birthday celebrations.

Toward that end, and in the interest of having MAD athletes enjoy a lifetime of benefits from communing with nature, MAD Times plans to introduce a new, regular feature “The MAD Outdoors,” the purpose of which is to encourage and, hopefully, to assist athletes and readers to get out into nature on a regular basis.

In order to prepare for the introduction of “The MAD Outdoors,” for the next few issues, MAD Times will be linking to articles which discuss the various benefits of including nature in one’s routine. The myriad benefits are wide-ranging, from reducing stress and inflammation to improving eyesight and short-term memory.

We found a host of interesting and relevant articles, and although no single article covers all of the health benefits that frequenting nature has to offer, we are hoping to cover the subject comprehensively by featuring one of each of these articles over the next few issues. There will be some overlap of material among the articles, but each author brings a unique perspective and style to the subject matter.

To kick things off, we have chosen an article from Business Insider titled “11 scientific reasons you should be spending more time outside.” Authors Lauren F. Friedman and Kevin Loria published this article in Business Insider on April 22, 2019. You can access it by clicking on the link below.

As we embark upon this adventure, we invoke the wisdom of Aristotle, “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.”

For those MAD athletes and MAD Times readers who are not already in the habit of doing so, we hope this marks the beginning of a lifetime of habitual enjoyment of the marvels of nature and their salutary effects.

In the words of Rachel Carson, a pioneer of the global environmental movement and one of the most gifted nature writers in any language,“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

For those of you who already find your way into the wilds on a regular basis, we hope “The MAD Outdoors” provides you with the opportunity to participate in a community which celebrates your love of the outdoors and a forum in which we can all encourage and inform each other.

And so, to the seasoned, backcountry scout and the tenderfoot alike, be safe and venture forth.

If this topic interests you, please check out the next article, “Places to Get a Little Nature in San Francisco,” which suggests interesting locations to enjoy the outdoors in S.F.