Whether it’s because of the winter or the temptation of screens, we, old and young, aren’t spending enough time outdoors. Here are three reasons to get out and treat our self-inflicted Nature Deficit Disorder.
- Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun- Spending time out will boost your vitamin D levels and that in turn, will boot your physical health. Studies have shown that vitamin D lowers blood pressure and regulates our immune system. But don’t forget that sunscreen!
- De-stress and lighten up- Being in nature can improve our mood and help us unwind, enjoy the present moment and connect with nature as we marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. Try forest bathing or hiking or simply taking a stroll in a park or along the beach and breathe in the fresh air.
- Heal- A study conducted by Robert Ulrich showed that patients who underwent gallbladder research who viewed trees withstood pain better and spent less time in the hospital compared to patients who looked at the wall.
Bottom line- Enjoy your Saturday and spend time in the great outdoors!
Jordan is home to beautiful scenery that those living in the concrete jungle of the capital Amman usually don’t know about- Wadi Aya, a valley between Madaba and Karak which rests beneath a winding, rugged and narrow mountain roadway full of rocks and that can only be reached by a 4WD (or in our case, a run-down green pick-up truck). After about 15 minutes of driving down to the valley in the back of pick-up truck, we reached Wadi Aya, and with our first splash into its waters, our adventure began.
The trip with our group, Adventure PROS, included guided jumps and an abseil followed by a slide down the many waterbodies of the valley, which are also home to small leaping frogs (saw them live for the first time here!).
After the tiring but adrenaline-filled adventure, we sat on an area of smooth white rock and enjoyed a local cooked meal of Maqloobeh as we dried in the sun.
I would very much recommend Wadi Aya for adventure lovers and for anyone anywhere to get to know the place they live in, wherever that may be, a little better. Go somewhere new, meet new people, see new things, learn and enjoy the adventure of life!