You can still get out into the bush and get some much-needed Nature Time even if you are Short on Time. Short-short walks are dotted all over the place, you just need to know where to look. Luckily, that's where I come in handy. Keep an eye out for a range of short-short walks coming up to go along with the short walks, half day walks and day walks already on the blog.
Why you should go for a Short-Short walk (or two)
Short-short walks get you some fresh air
Fresh air in your lungs is one of the best feelings. A short walk into the bush enables you to do this efficiently and quickly. Fresh air makes you feel alive. It can dust off the cobwebs and renew you. You can do a short-short walk on your lunch break, on the way home from work, on a road trip or whenever you have a spare half an hour or less. Short-short walks are great on road trips. You can stretch your legs and get out of that musty ole car for 10 mins ready to hit the road a-fresh.
Short-short walks give you a quick pick me up
Nature Time is sometimes all the medicine you need. Having a bad day? Go feel the grass under your toes. Feeling run down? Sit amongst the trees and just be. Feeling fed up? Go for a quick walk, listen to the wind in the trees, watch the birds flitting about, let the birdsong wash over you. Sometimes all you need is a quick pick me up. There is something soothing about being out in nature. How can you be sad when there is birdsong in the air and cicadas singing? The benefits of exercise are well-documented, being in the fresh air and getting outside releases endorphins and all that other good stuff. You get the benefits of the exercise without trekking for hours up a hill. Winning.
Short-short walks enable you to get some Nature Time
I'm a big believer that everyone should get a bit of Nature Time every now and then. I know personally, I need Nature Time at least every few weeks or I start getting fed up with the world. Nature grounds me and makes me feel alive again. It energises and makes me feel whole.
Nature Time is wonderful for the soul. Just sit in amongst it all and breathe. Don't think, don't check your phone, just let the surroundings wash over you.
Short-short walks are a great way to explore more of the countryside
If you are short on time, short-short walks are a great way to see something new without the trekking hours to get there. A quick stop on the side of the road is sometimes all that's needed to explore more of the country. Who knows what you will find? A waterfall? Perhaps a dam? A bridge? The possibilities are endless. Well, not quite endless, but vast.
Short-short walks house many hidden gems
There are so many hidden gems dotted around the place, especially here in New Zealand if you know where to look. In the last few weeks, I have found 3 hidden gems less than 10 minutes from the main road. You would never know they were there unless someone told you. They are camouflaged behind trees, hidden in plain sight.
As you go for a drive, keep an eye out for those green and yellow signposts that signal a DOC (Department of Conservation) walk, stop and see where it takes you.
If you don't have time to get out into the middle of the bush for a few hours, there is always a short-short walk nearby for you to hunt out. There is something about nature. Maybe it's because it grounds you and makes you realise there is more to this Earth than the little bubble you live in.
If you want some inspiration the Department of Conservation website has hundreds of walks in every area of New Zealand. Pick a region, pick a walk and go for it.
Where are your favourite spots to just go and be?
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