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3 Great Apps for the Outdoors

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Sometimes the grindstone that is daily life can be a little too much to handle that you just want to escape for a while and find your balance. And there is nothing like the great outdoors to provide you with the change of pace and scenery needed to beat the blues and stress away. Whether it is at the best campsite in Sequoia National Park or in nature areas near and far, here are some great apps that will help you make the most of your nature and outdoor adventures.

1. AllTrails
::: Android and iOS
Looking for biking, hiking, or running trails? The AllTrails offers a wealth of information on where to find the best trails near you. With 50,000 trail maps you can download and use offline and other easy-to-use features, you can hike, bike, or run to your heart’s content in some of the best trails in the world.

2. National Parks by Chimani
::: Android and iOS
The National Parks by Chimani app provides a comprehensive list of the National Park System. It provides a wealth of information and guides on national parks including top attractions like monuments and so much more. One of its greatest features is that you can download the maps you need so you do not have worry about not having any internet connection to access whatever information you need in the wilderness.

3. First Aid by American Red Cross
::: Android and iOS
This app provides instructions, step-by-step guides, videos, and more to help you respond to first-aid emergencies in a proper way. You can find information on basic first-aid treatment as well as other links that will point you to other American Red Cross services like first aid training and more.

Why spending with nature can help you relax?

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The air is different

The city life provides every comforts we need like air-conditioned rooms, food everywhere, bathrooms, and other leisures of life that we have access to indulge everyday. However, we still find ourselves the need to detach and take sometime for some nature adventure. Why is that? Because humans are made to live with nature. Our body needs oxygen that comes from nature. We can breathe the city air but it is nothing compared to the kind of air you can inhale when you are surrounded with trees. There is that relaxing sensation it provides. If I get to choose to live in a rain forest, I think will take the chance. The problem is I’m already trained to live in a city where all my needs are provided for. But I don’t forget the importance of nature in my life. It is a place I can simply become my self again. Far away from the condescending world of the city. It is a place where I can simply unplug and relax while the nature sings for me.

The natural light in the forest is packed with vitamin D

Vitamin is D is essential for calcium absorption, good blood flow, and blood pressure regulation. Lack of vitamin D can make you moody and less happy. The vitamin D coming from the sun not only helps you become healthy but also helps you achieve well-being. These are the things we usually we take for granted in the city. We hate the sun because it burns the skin. Well, if you are in a rain forest or surrounded with trees, you’ll find sun exposure a good thing. The shade of the trees balances the heat and filter the light for you, so when the rays reach your skin, it will be a pleasurable experience. See, that’s how nature loves and protects us. We should protect it in return.

Nature calms us down

Did you have a bad day in the office? You are very mad and you feel like shouting “I QUIT”. But you know you can’t quit, maybe, what you need is a short break. Whenever this happens to me, I go for a hike. I let my body get tired while freeing my mind with so much thinking. Once my body can’t go on anymore, I rest then I meditate. I often fall asleep during this process and every time I woke up, it feels like a brand new day. I can take another hitting again. The sound of nature for me is very reassuring that everything is going to be okay. It reminds us that there’s more to life than stress and working too hard. Nature reminds us that we need to be natural again, reminds us of who we truly are.