The New Wellness Drug


Some weeks I find myself going down the interwebs trap of research. I’ll read study after study about a topic. This week I found myself doing that and it got me thinking….

Imagine you are watching your favorite show and up comes a prescription drug commercial that said there was a product that could help you…

  • lose weight (up comes a picture of someone skinny sitting on a park bench)
  • speed up your recovery after an illness (you see a grey haired man working in the garden)
  • decrease stress (a couple sitting in individual bathtubs outside holding hands)
  • gain energy (a child running through a grass field)
  • help you flourish (a mom reading a book on her picnic blanket while her kids play over yonder)


You’d wonder, what the heck is this drug? You know it’s not Cialis cause that wouldn’t help a mom, or coffee cause that Would turn out bad for a kid and really how could any of those help you recover from an illness.

This drug is starting to sound TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Right?

Let’s think about this. How much would you pay for that ‘product’? A lot, right?

I bet you’d not only pay for the drug you’d even remember to take it everyday. That’s how important it would be to you. I know I would.

Flash back to those studies I was reading. Those benefits in that commercial come from one thing.


Yep, it’s that simple. Studies show that going outside for 20 minutes a day can make you healthier. In fact, other studies report that 5 minutes a day is beneficial. Heck, simply looking out the window has benefits.

The more time people spend outdoors the more likely they are to loose weight, recover from an illness, have more energy throughout the day, and they’ve even said being in nature helps us flourish.

In fact, one study I read compared going outside to having a cup of coffee. I need to try this one.

As I was ready study after study, it got me thinking. Isn’t all this obvious?

Could it be something so obvious as spending 5-20 minutes a day outdoors seems unattainable for most?

Of course I might be biased because I live, breathe, and thrive on the outdoors and have for over 30 years. It’s all I know, it’s what I do, it is why I moved to New Mexico.

But I know it can be hard for others to spend time outside. It could be the elements like the temperature, sun exposure, or even the little annoyances from bugs.

What if I told you all of those elements can be addressed? Sounds exhausting right? It almost seems easier to just pretend it is a drug that you can take everyday.

Well, it can be that easy. This month I’ve partnered with Natural Awakenings Magazine and am sharing simple tips to get you going outside again. Check out the August Issue for FREE on newsstands now.

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“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously

yield to it, will direct us aright.”-Henry David Thoreau

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Ponderosa forest in New Mexico at dusk.


“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” -Frank

Lloyd Wright

Pinon juniper forest outside of Edgewood speckled with native blue grama grass and the flowers of the bush penstemon.







“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into

you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into

you… while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” -John Muir

Colorado rocky mountains.

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