Most people think living an “outdoor lifestyle” is mainly for fun and following a pursuit of passion. Or perhaps people are lazy and just an “outdoor bum.” While both of these can be true, whether you’re following your love of the outdoors or living the life of a ski bum, you can actually live longer by living your authentic outdoor lifestyle. It could be someone who just loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible in the mountains and nature. It could be someone who lives as natural a lifestyle possible that is friendly for our ecosystem. It could be the extreme adventurer that is traveling to the ends of the Earth for climbing and mountain pursuits. It could be the average ski bum who is a powder seeker, chasing freshies all winter long.
A key part of outdoor recreation is exercise, whether it by hiking, trail running, climbing, kayaking or skiing. Exercise has been proven over time to greatly improve your chances of living longer. The health benefits of exercise are endless, including reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and smaller waistlines. A study from PLOS One from Australia, proved that individuals who exercised regularly had a significant reduction in risk of dying from heart disease.