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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

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 85 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.

    Until next time, we’ll see you out there (Outdoor Diary)

    Until next time, we’ll see you out there (Outdoor Diary)

    Did you know I’m a journalist? I mean, you probably do because I mention it in the intro of many episodes of Humans Outside. But you probably didn’t know I’m launching a local nonprofit newspaper.
    It’s an all-consuming project, and going outside has been key to helping me get it off the ground.
    Going outside daily has also been key to helping me understand how to manage my time, how to prioritize what’s important to me, how to make all of it happen in one day.
    But it’s also taught me that the world is full of natural beginnings and endings as a part of the seasons.
    Listen now.
    Connect with this episode:
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    Some of the good stuff:
    [:36] A fun fact about me
    [:54] In which I wax reminiscent about days of yore
    [1:52] Why local news is so, so important
    [2:35] My new local news project
    [3:14] What outdoors continues to mean to me
    [4:05] But I can’t do everything
    [5:23] And so it comes down to this

    • 6 min
    Best Of: Making Your Outdoor Time Better With Life in Five Senses (Gretchen Rubin, happiness researcher and author)

    Best Of: Making Your Outdoor Time Better With Life in Five Senses (Gretchen Rubin, happiness researcher and author)

    Do you have one person whose work you’ve looked to for inspiration? For me, that’s Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project, and it’s why I was so excited to get her on Humans Outside for a sit-down. 
    It was such a fun conversation that I want to make sure you get to hear it in this best of humans outside episode. I hope you love this interesting and inspirational conversation with Gretchen Rubin. 
    Connect with this episode:
    Read Life in 5 Senses (affiliate link)
    Visit Gretchen’s website
    Follow Gretchen on Instagram
    Follow Gretchen on Facebook
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook



    Some of the good stuff:
    [3:05] Gretchen Rubin’s favorite outdoor space
    [4:10] How Gretchen became someone who likes to go outside
    [6:35] The problem of things taking effort
    [8:47] Why Gretchen started her Life in 5 Senses project
    [11:33] Does she still go to this place every day?
    [11:38] How that practice is like a sit spot
    [14:40] The freedom (and challenge) of doing something every day
    [18:28] Gretchen’s favorite sense and how her experiment impacted it
    [19:41] What do we lose when we ignore our senses?
    [22:27] All about Gretchen’s daily outdoor project
    [24:15] The difference between a chore and recess outside
    [27:00] Why the freedom to choose your own rules is important (and hard)
    [30:13] The inspiration for Gretchen’s project
    [33:17] How her five sense are influencing her outdoor project
    [36:19] Personal habits that make her outdoor time better
    [40:21] Gretchen’s favorite outdoor moment
     

    • 41 min
    The power of ‘yes’ and following your gut to outdoor adventures (Mimi Zieman, author, doctor and outdoor adventurer)

    The power of ‘yes’ and following your gut to outdoor adventures (Mimi Zieman, author, doctor and outdoor adventurer)

    What happens if you say "yes" to just one adventure or step out of your comfort zone? Maybe you'll create a single unforgettable experience. Or maybe that "yes" will lead you down a path where you encounter more interesting (and maybe a little scary) ideas and opportunities.
    That's what today's guest, author and physician Mimi Zieman, found when she stepped out of her comfort zone in New York City to try something new. From the streets of the city to the base camp of Mt. Everest, Mimi discovered how saying yes to ideas and taking up space in the world can lead to a lifetime of growth.
    In this episode, Mimi takes us on her journey from "yes" to Everest and gives us tips for finding our own space by following the power of that one word. Listen now.
    Connect with this episode:
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    Some of the good stuff:
    [2:42 ] - Mimi Zieman’s favorite outdoor space
    [04:22] - How Mimi went from city to nature
    [06:27] - The challenges Mimi found up at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab.
    [09:25] - How Mimi ended up in Nepal
    [15:10] - The wild challenges on Everest
    [21:45] - Here’s how that Everest experience impacted Mimi.
    [28:59] - Why you have to take up space in the world
    [31:11] - Mimi’s best advice for those wanting to say yes to more adventures

    • 39 min
    388: This is the best gift of my outdoor habit (Outdoor Diary)

    388: This is the best gift of my outdoor habit (Outdoor Diary)

    There are a lot of reasons to spend time in nature, but as I reflect back on all of the things I’ve learned by heading outside every day for more than 2,500 days in a row, some takeaways stick out more than others.
    The biggest thing I’ve learned by spending time outside is also both my favorite lesson and the thing I least expected.
    What is it? Listen now!
    Connect with this episode:

    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
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    Some of the good stuff:
    [00:45] The start of my outdoor challenge
    [01:39] There were some benefits I expected
    [02:21] And then there is one big benefit I didnt see coming
    [03:33] I realized while doing this unpredictable thing
    [04:15] 2016 Amy would NEVER
    [05:08] It’s time to face the change

    • 5 min
    The marvel of nature reclaiming everything, including me (Outdoor Diary)

    The marvel of nature reclaiming everything, including me (Outdoor Diary)

    There’s something both comforting and amazing about the way nature takes the reigns no matter what happens. During a recent walk in the woods, I saw startling new growth on top of recent harm, and it was just the reminder I needed about nature’s power to reclaim itself and me.
    Maybe it’s a reminder you need, too.

    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:
    [00:23] Here’s what I did outside this week
    [00:35] Nature just out there healing its own self
    [01:37] Here’s where I face the music
    [02:32] And here’s what I saw when I did
    [04:03] Oh yeah, nature heals people, too

    • 5 min
    Chasing your hard and honoring your why through tough stuff outside (Emily Halnon, author and ultrarunner)

    Chasing your hard and honoring your why through tough stuff outside (Emily Halnon, author and ultrarunner)

    No matter how you define “hard,” heading outside offers plenty of chances to tackle it. Many people who choose to tackle hard stuff outside are pushed to do so to honor some kind of “why.”
    For some of us, that “why” is health or to push our own personal boundaries. For others, the “why” is on behalf of someone else.
    Ultrarunner Emily Halnon’s “why” has everything to do with her mom, who died from an aggressive form of cancer in early 2020. To honor her she headed out to tackle a major challenge running on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It’s a story she’s now shared in her new book “To The Gorge.”
    Through her journey, she learned the power of moving through hard stuff. In this episode you’ll hear Emily share the things she’s learned through that journey and how you can make yourself do hard things outside, too.
     
    Connect with this episode:
    Read Emily Halnon’s new book, To The Gorge (affiliate link)
    Visit Emily’s website
    Follow Emily on Instagram
    Join the Humans Outside Challenge
    Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
    Follow Humans Outside on Facebook
    Some of the good stuff:
    [4:06] Emily Halnon’s favorite outdoor space
    [5:36] How Emily became someone who likes to go outside
    [7:05] How Emily’s mom inspired her running career
    [10:29] All about Andrea Halnon’s adventurous life
    [15:27] The grief and grit in running across Oregon
    [22:37] How to get mentally tough to prepare for a mega run
    [30:01] Why hard stuff outside helps us prepare for life's challenges.
    [33:04] The internal dialogue of pushing through the tough stuff
    [35:07] Why it’s not a bad thing to feel a little scared
    [36:39] Emily’s favorite outdoor moment

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Rebekah39 ,

Both inspiring and relatable

Amy is cheerful, entertaining and inspiring while at the same time real and relatable. Thanks for all the great content, Amy!

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.

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