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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 • 47 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.

    Building Real-World Toughness by Heading Outside (Steve Magness, Human Performance Expert and Author)

    Building Real-World Toughness by Heading Outside (Steve Magness, Human Performance Expert and Author)

    So you want to learn how to handle tough challenges in life, both those you encounter while playing outside and those you find just going about your day-to-day, indoor life and job. But how do you make it happen?
    Steve Magness, a world-famous coach, human performance expert and author of the new book Do Hard Thing: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness says part of the reason toughness against life’s challenges is so create is that we are going about it wrong.
    In this episode, Steve walks us through what the research shows about building a lifestyle around getting and staying tough, why that matters and what heading outside has to do with it.
     
    Connect with this episode:
    Find Steve Magness on Instagram
    Visit Steve’s website
    Read “Do Hard Things” by Steve Magness
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Some of the good stuff:
    [2:52] Steve Magness’s favorite outdoor space
    [3:48] How Steve became someone who likes to go outside
    [6:00] Why going outside is so important to him now
    [9:18] What’s the difference between toughness and resilience?
    [10:41] Examples of awareness
    [15:28] What’s wrong with how we tend to think about toughness
    [18:06] How do you build toughness?
    [21:40] The difference between thoughtful response and reaction
    [28:10] How this applies to everyday life
    [29:35] Creating a strong why -- and why it matters
    [35:41] What this has to do with setting incremental goals
    [38:07] Why the Humans Outside 365 challenge is great for this
    [41:48] Is toughness a muscle you have to maintain or something you only have to learn once?
    [46:44] Steve’s favorite outdoor moment

    • 48 min
    Outdoor Diary: What You Get to See If You Take a Crazy Risk Like Staying Up After Bedtime

    Outdoor Diary: What You Get to See If You Take a Crazy Risk Like Staying Up After Bedtime

    What happens when you head outside way past your comfort zone into a risky area like staying up after bedtime? You might just see what Amy got to see in the early morning light on Resurrection Pass, Alaska during the Resurrection Pass 100 race. Amy recently presented a version of this story at Trail Tales in Anchorage and had such a good time doing so, she decided to share it here, too.
    Connect with this episode:
    Learn about Trail Tales
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Some of the good stuff:
    [:46] Invited to Trail Tales and it was oh so fun
    [1:30] What this story is about
    [1:40] The first thing you need to know
    [2:02] The next thing you need to know
    [2:22] An entirely different kind of risk I don’t like
    [2:38] Why that made me try to run 100 miles, which is crazy
    [3:00] Your Resurrection Pass briefing
    [4:15] What I found thanks to the risk
    [4:30] And so the run begins + snacks
    [5:00] The thing we saw worth seeing
    [6:10] Why it was worth the risk
    [6:33] What I’ve been seeing recently

    • 7 min
    How You Can Create Accessible Nature for All Outdoor Users (Ira Edwards, Disability Advocate and Very Interesting Man)

    How You Can Create Accessible Nature for All Outdoor Users (Ira Edwards, Disability Advocate and Very Interesting Man)

    Dubbed “the real-life most interesting man alive” by The Chive, Ira Edwards isn’t just out there living an active outdoor lifestyle in Alaska, he’s doing so from a wheelchair. After creating a wildly adventurous and outdoor-centric life, Ira was struck by a falling tree about 10 years ago and paralyzed from the waist down. Today he continues many of his adventures despite the physical barriers, inspires others to do the same and advocates for creating and maintaining accessibility for all users.
    In this episode Ira talks about what it takes to stay positive and active despite a life-altering disability and guides us through what everyone can do to make sure nature is as accessible as possible for all types of users.
    Connect with this episode:
    Visit Ira’s website
    Follow Ira on Instagram
    Follow Ira on Twitter
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Some of the good stuff:
    [2:41] Ira Edward’s favorite outdoor space
    [3:53] How Ira became someone who likes to go outside
    [4:45] The story of Ira’s injury
    [7:36] The challenge of recovery
    [9:12] Moving forward mentally
    [12:44] The crazy expenses
    [16:08] Why modeling the possible matters
    [20:28] The role of heading outside in staying positive
    [22:00] Staying warm while doing it
    [26:12] The biggest challenge of heading outside
    [28:12] Why this crazy thing that I didn’t think of is the real barrier (literally)
    [30:14] It’s all about money and policy
    [31:26] The easy things we can all do to help
    [35:00] Did you ask a person with a disability?
    [36:50] Ira’s favorite outdoor gear
    [40:45] Ira’s favorite outdoor moment

    • 42 min
    Outdoor Diary: Using Time Management for More Outside Happiness

    Outdoor Diary: Using Time Management for More Outside Happiness

    Time management can be used to make you more productive -- or it can be used to simply make your life better. Dr. Cassie Holmes, a happiness researcher, author and professor, shared how to make that happen in a recent episode of Humans Outside. But what does that mean on a practical, day-to-day level in Amy’s life? In this episode Amy talks about the small yet important changes Cassie’s advice and research has prompted in her own life. Listen now.
    Connect with this episode:
    How to Make Time for Joy and Heading Outside (Dr. Cassie Holmes, happiness researcher)
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Some of the good stuff:
    [:45] What I’ve always focused on for time management
    [1:00] A shift in how I thought about it
    [1:22] My conversation with Dr. Cassie Holmes about this
    [1:40] A little bit about “Happier Hour”
    [2:35] Here’s how I reframed it and the resulting action
    [3:10] The secret sauce is this (yet again)
    [3:35] What I did about it this week

    • 4 min
    How Heading Outside Can Help You Live a More Authentic Life (Lori Halliday, Congruency Coach)

    How Heading Outside Can Help You Live a More Authentic Life (Lori Halliday, Congruency Coach)

    Authenticity is one of those whole-life emotional skills that makes a big difference. In a world that rewards us for putting our best foot forward every day and presenting that social media ready life, living authentically can be really hard. Learn how to align what’s really going on with you with good boundaries, and you might feel more settled and successful.
    But can heading outside help you build an authentic and aligned life? Congruency coach Lori Halliday says it can, and leans on equine therapy to help her clients build those skills. In this episode Lori gives us a framework for understanding why authentic living matters and how spending time in nature can offer a gentle on ramp to learning how to do it.
    Connect with this episode:
    Visit Lori Halliday’s website
    Follow Lori Halliday on Instagram
    Follow Lori Halliday on Facebook
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Some of the good stuff:
    [3:02] Lori Halliday’s favorite outdoor space
    [6:18] How Lori became someone who likes to go outside
    [8:24] What is “congruency?”
    [9:45] Why horses are perfect for learning this
    [14:01] The link between heading outside and self-care
    [17:09] The release brought by nature
    [21:03] Why equine therapy helps build alignment
    [31:04] Do you have to get this from a horse?
    [39:00] Can you build a congruency muscle?
    [41:00] Tips for doing this now
    [45:00] Lori’s favorite outdoor gear
    [49:14] Lori’s favorite outdoor moment

    • 51 min
    Outdoor Diary Remembering the Things I Like About Fall and a Season Preview

    Outdoor Diary Remembering the Things I Like About Fall and a Season Preview

    Maybe it’s part of the loss or grief process - first Amy was in denial about the changing season, then there was some anger and now there’s acceptance. Part of that acceptance is hunting for the good stuff, including the things she actually likes about fall. And doing that takes two steps. Listen to this episode to hear what those are, plus a quick preview of what’s coming for Humans Outside season 6.
    Connect with this episode:
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Some of the good stuff:
    [:45] The problem with skipping the PSL
    [1:30] My attachment is about to change
    [1:54] What to do about the opposite problem
    [2:18] Opening to hope
    [2:36] 2 steps: a thought and a action
    [4:30] A Season 6 preview - here is what’s coming

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

HeidiAnnF ,

Inspiring and fun!

Due to the inspiration I get from this podcast. today is day 41 for me of being outside 20 consecutive minutes. Thanks for the push! I look forward to each new episode

Fostering Joy ,

Fascinating and Inspiring

I feel like Amy have been friends for years. She hosts fascinating guest, interesting topics, and inspires our family to explore the outdoors in deeper more meaningful ways. She is authentically human! Worth the time EVERY.SinGLE.EPISODE

Heidi Dusek
Host of Ordinary Sherpa podcast

Holly L Wise ,

Inspiring!

This is my favorite outdoor podcast! I always learn something new and am inspired by Amy and her guests.

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