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They say spending time in nature can change your life. But in a world packed with indoor life pressures, how can you make getting outside just a part of who you are? Welcome to Humans Outside, where we explore a wellness-rich life in the great outdoors from our perch in Alaska while hearing from fascinating outdoor-minded guests.

Humans Outside Amy Bushatz

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    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

They say spending time in nature can change your life. But in a world packed with indoor life pressures, how can you make getting outside just a part of who you are? Welcome to Humans Outside, where we explore a wellness-rich life in the great outdoors from our perch in Alaska while hearing from fascinating outdoor-minded guests.

    The day we did all of the outdoor winter things … sort of (Outdoor Diary)

    The day we did all of the outdoor winter things … sort of (Outdoor Diary)

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    What would happen if you spent a handful of hours attempting to do every available outdoor activity in a certain area?
    That’s the question I asked before a Do All The Things day I just did with a friend. We loaded up our cars with outfit changes, equipment and nowhere near enough snacks, and headed into Hatcher Pass for a packed five hours of outdoor fun.
    Here’s what happened.
    Connect with this episode:
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    Some of the good stuff:
    [:35] The siren song of a challenge, even it’s just one day
    [1:09] Can we even do all the things?!
    [2:16] A tiny edit, and then we set forth
    [2:26] (Don’t get me started on my people and these ski passes)
    [2:52] Here starts the activity check-check-check
    [5:17] A few ta

    • 6 min
    The thing I like most about podcasting? It’s the connections (Outdoor Diary)

    The thing I like most about podcasting? It’s the connections (Outdoor Diary)

    With four years of running this podcast behind me, I’ve been thinking about what I have learned from this journey and the many, many guests I’ve interviewed.
    Inspiration. Thought-provoking lessons. A change in perspective. All of my interviews and outdoor hours have left a mark on me.
    But this year, those are not my favorite takeaways. Instead? It’s all about connections like the ones I talk about in this episode of my Outdoor Diary.
    Listen now!
    Connect with this episode:
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
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    Nature for Everyone: Working for Outdoor Inclusivity and Respect (Brandi Small, inclusivity advocate and hiker)
    She Went Outside to Finish Her Dad’s Epic Bucket List and Found Big Things About Herself (Laura Carney, author and bucket list chaser)
    Canoeing the Entire Mississippi River to Shatter Barriers (Cory Maria Dack, Canoe guide and inclusivity advocate)
    She’s Conquering Trails with a Rare Brain Disease (Crystal Gail Welcome, BIPOC and disabled thru-hiker)
    Some of the good stuff:
    [:35] Four years = a lot of takeaways
    [1:33] But my favorite thing right now? Connections
    [1:35] And here’s a bunch of my favorite examples, near and far
    [3:15] My other favorite connections? It’s you, of course.

    • 3 min
    'Like Going Outdoors on a Rainy Day:’ The Power of Nature for Moving Grief and Trauma (Denali Strabel, semi-pro mountain runner)

    'Like Going Outdoors on a Rainy Day:’ The Power of Nature for Moving Grief and Trauma (Denali Strabel, semi-pro mountain runner)

    When life comes at you hard -- pain, trauma, injury, loss, grief -- the outdoors is there just waiting for you to use it for healing. You just have to go outside.
    That’s what Denali Strabel, a semi-professional mountain runner and life-long Alaskan has found as she navigates the wide variety of victories and challenges life has thrown at her. From addiction to the loss of her identical twin sister, Rubye, Denali knows that by keeping the mountains a part of her, she can move through pain.
    In this episode Denali gifts us a rare window into what it’s like to actively move through grief after loss while still in the thick of it as she's daily making the decision to heal and move.
    Hear Denali share how the mountains, ocean and running have been key in helping her with this challenge and so many others -- and learn how you, too, can lean on heading into nature to get through the hard stuff.

    Listen now.
    Connect with this episode:
    Follow Denali Strabel on Instagram
    Follow Rubye Blake (Denali’s identical twin) on Instagram
    In honor of Denali’s nephew, Gunnar
    Visit Denali’s website
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Some of the good stuff:
    [3:20] Denali Strabel’s favorite outdoor space
    [5:45] Denali’s outdoor story
    [8:35] What it’s like to grow up in Seward
    [12:31] About Mount Marathon
    [16:05] Using nature to recover
    [22:25] The importance of reconnecting with the outdoors
    [29:53] All about Rubye Blake, Denali’s identical twin sister
    [35:44] What it’s like to lose a twin
    [44:22] Advice for dealing with grief when you’re in the thick of it
    [53:44] Denali’s favorite outdoor memory

    • 59 min
    'What do you do if you’re sick?’ I still keep up the outdoor streak (Outdoor Diary)

    'What do you do if you’re sick?’ I still keep up the outdoor streak (Outdoor Diary)

    It’s a question I’ve heard several times over my more than 2,300-day outdoor streak: ‘what do you do if you’re sick?’
    Since I’ve never missed a day, and I’ve definitely been sick more than once, you can easily guess that I still go outside. And fortunately the benefits I find there -- even though getting out in it takes extra effort -- make it all worth it. Of course they do.
    In this episode I talk about how (and why) I get outside even when I’m sick and down for the count. Listen now!
    Connect with this episode:
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
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    Some of the good stuff:
    [:35] You can tell when I’m sick -- probably
    [:59] But then you might assume this
    [2:11] I gotta get out there, but it’s winter, so…
    [2:37] The best thing about the 20-minute minimum
    [3:10] Plus, then I’m grateful

    • 3 min
    Best of: How to Use Nature to Heal from Heartbreak (Florence Williams, author)

    Best of: How to Use Nature to Heal from Heartbreak (Florence Williams, author)

    One of my favorite benefits of spending time outside is how doing so daily has worked to better my relationships, giving me space to grow them in the context of nature.
    But did you know nature can also help when a relationship ends -- that it can literally be a part of healing heartbreak? In this Best Of episode we hear from best-selling author Florence Williams about her up close and personal study on that topic.
    You might remember Florence from her work on one of her previous books, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative. She joined us to talk about the book in a previous episode of Humans Outside. In her new book Heartbreak (and the immersive audio book) Florence pairs her own experience with the kind of research she’s known for, and in the process lays out a map for using nature to heal from a broken heart.
    Connect with this episode:
    Read or listen to Heartbreak by Florence Williams (affiliate link)
    Hear Florence Williams’ previous episode on Humans Outside 
    Listen to Amy and Luke Bushats with Florence on the Outside Magazine podcast
    Follow Florence Williams on Facebook
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
     
    Some of the Good Stuff:
    [4:33] Florence William’s favorite outdoor space
    [5:46] All about Florence’s heartbreak
    [7:00] The not entirely secret story of Amy’s heartbreak
    [8:53] Why heartbreak becomes a book
    [12:58] Why she decided to try a nature cure
    [17:01] What she tracked for her project
    [23:00] Exactly how to heal heartbreak by going outside
    [29:00] Can healing happen close to home?
    [32:55] Why this is all actually really simple -- but not immediate 
    [40:05] One surprising thing Florence learned
     

    • 44 min
    This One is About Our Dog Chloe, the Best Good Girl (Outdoor Diary)

    This One is About Our Dog Chloe, the Best Good Girl (Outdoor Diary)

    It was a sad closing to the week in my house as we said “goodbye” to our dog of 12 years. We brought so much joy to each other. But it was time to let her go.
    Chloe was there when I first started spending time outside for nature’s sake, so remembering her in an episode seemed like the least I could do to honor her place in our lives and the joy dogs bring so many of us.
    She was a very good girl. Terrible breath; but such a good girl. This one is for her.
    Connect with this episode:
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Some of the good stuff:
    [:42] It was harder than I thought it would be
    [1:30] What kind of dog is she?
    [2:04] All about best good girl, Chloe
    [4:18] Ever tried to write news stories while a dog snores?
    [5:19] Please, pet a dog

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

VIPeele ,

My fix for outdoor podcasts!

I have been listening to Humans Outside for a few years now, really almost since the beginning! I love Amy’s content which shares her own outdoor adventures, as well as, those of other outdoor lovers. I appreciate the diversity in her guests and the outdoor experiences they represent. Additionally, I love the consistency she has demonstrated in delivering quality episodes month after month - I know that’s not easy!

MollyM1133 ,

thanks for the inspiration

Listening to your podcasts helps move me to get outside with my young kids. Thank you.

LLBri ,

Great listen!

I’ve enjoyed Amy’s writing for years and now live listening to her podcasts. Informative and encouraging! Thank you!!!

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