In the last year, we’ve all spent significant portions of our lives indoors thanks to COVID-19. At least in Australia, we seem to have a pretty good handle on the problem which is seeing restrictions wound back, opening the door to many more outdoor opportunities.
For those who love to explore, there’s a fantastic app called AllTrails that is helping Australians find great rail trails for those who love to go hiking, riding or running.
If you’re someone with a GoPro, or Drone, then you may be looking for amazing places to go shoot, and this app could absolutely help you find some of the most beautiful parts of our country.
The platform is home to the world’s largest collection of online maps, boasts nearly 200 thousand detailed, hand-curated trails worldwide, five thousand of which are located in Australia.
Not only can trail-goers find and navigate new trails, but users can browse up-to-date reviews and photos, crowdsourced from its like-minded and outdoor-loving community of over 25 million global and 460,000 Australian users.
“Spending time outside, moving and appreciating nature can have immediate effects on our mood and physical health.
When we’re outside, our brain produces mood boosting neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. This is particularly important, because more and more evidence is proving that when we’re happy, our immune systems are happy too.”
Dr. Suzanne Bartlett-Hackenmiller, medical advisor for AllTrails.
Some of the health benefits of spending time outdoors include:
- A recent study done by Berman et al. found that being outside for one hour a day can improve memory in adults by 20%.
- A study by White, M.P., Alcock, I., Grellier, J. et al. argue that we should spend at least 120 minutes a week in nature, as it is associated with good wellbeing.
- Studies also show that within just the first five minutes of being outside, we experience a better and more positive mood. For many people, these five minutes can mean a quick walk outside while taking a break from work and the computer.
- Getting outside for a quick walk around the block is a great way to soak in some extra Vitamin D from the sun (just make sure to always wear sunscreen!). This can help boost our naturally occurring melatonin and promote restful sleep by the time we’re ready for bed.
“At AllTrails, we believe that everyone has a right to the outdoors, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic standing.
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