GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY PLANET EARTH!
This week the world celebrates the importance of protecting our planet and how we need to cherish the many gifts’ nature provides us. Beginning in 1970, April 22nd has been officially marked as Earth Day because of a rising social uproar about the damage that continues to affect our planet through oil spills, air pollution, and an increase in trash filling up our landfills. This first official year was supported by millions of Americans by taking to the streets and local parks to demonstrate for a healthier and more sustainable environment. There were also many protests throughout the country at thousands of colleges to fight against the growing amount of waste created by major companies. Now almost 50 years later, society continues to fight for action from government, businesses, and people in general to commit to changing our practices and lifestyles that negatively affect the resources and beauty Earth offers us all before it’s too late.
“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson (Former First Lady of United States)
In the past few years, there has been a major movement by many companies and people alike to take this threat against our planet more serious, which has resulted in sustainable products and laws geared to make a dent in the damage that has already been done. As this movement continues to gain steam, it is increasingly important for people to actually get out and enjoy the many benefits our surrounding environment can offer to our physical and mental health.
There have been multiple research projects focused on the benefits of going outside can provide the human body, especially in a time where technology and screen time specifically dominates our lives. A recent study says the average American child only spends 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play time outside and instead over 7 hours a day in front of a screen. The days of children spending summer afternoons outside with neighborhood friends and family playing games or using their imagination to create new activities is all but gone. For adults who battle daily stress from work and family responsibilities, spending more time outside can serve as a great relief from this mental pressure while naturally helping to keep the body more fit.
The importance of people stepping away from their electronics and off of their comfy couches is essential for a long healthy and happy life. Instead of turning to hours of binge-watching the latest show or living vicariously through others on social media, people should experience the wonders our planet can contribute to our overall well-being. Multiple studies list these major benefits to spending time outdoors:
The above list of benefits is just the beginning when it comes to the importance of quality time outside for the human body. When we decide to add others in our activities outside it also contributes to stronger personal connections with these people or even our pets. Walking your dog for 30 minutes just three times a week will strengthen your bond with the animal while lowering your weight by an average of 5%.
At Hey Dude shoes we create comfortable lightweight shoes that are ideal for travel and meant to be used in everyday life activities. In addition, we continue to focus on innovative ways to use new material in constructing more sustainable shoes like our Eco-Knit Collection launched earlier this year. All of our efforts are really geared to encourage people to respect our environment and make a stronger commitment to get outside to enjoy the many wonderful landscapes, colors, and experiences this great planet provides us.