The biggest understated truth about human beings is that we need sun and fresh air. We may have advanced enough to build elaborate shelters and distractions to constantly hide us from nature, but that doesn’t mean we’ve outgrown the benefits of being in touch with nature. Going outdoors and being active is something we all need on a very deep level, our bodies greatly benefit from it and it’s actually a necessity we can’t ignore without suffering.

An Active Lifestyle vs. Your Desk Job?

The trouble is, we aren’t evolved enough to live only off of sun and fresh air either. We need food, houses, clothes, entertainment, Netflix accounts, and all sorts of things that cost money, and well, most of us need jobs to get that money. And sadly, very few can afford to leave their 9 to 5 and go hiking in the middle of a workday without losing their payday. Luckily, you don’t have to choose one or the other. When talking about a sedentary lifestyle versus an active lifestyle most people tend to think it’s an all or nothing kind of deal. As in you either go live deep into the forest and avoid any kind of contact with society, or you basically become a human zombie who couldn’t even tell you what the sun feels like when it touches your skin. But that’s way too extreme and none of those options are sustainable in the long run for the average human. What you need to do is find a balance and make a daily effort to keep it.

It’s All in the Details

Think about your current routine and, while forgetting about your comfort zone, think about what you can switch to have a more active life. Don’t aim for something too big yet to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Take baby steps. It can be something as easy as walking for 30 minutes during your lunch break three times a week. Then next month you could also add a short hike every other Sunday. Before you know it, you’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors than you do now. Another way to tackle the situation it’s by substituting your preferred methods of transportation. If you live close enough to your job, you can ditch your car and start walking or riding your bike to work a couple of days a week. Don’t be scared to experiment before saying no.

It’s All in the Details

If you just don’t feel too excited about switching up your lifestyle by yourself, you can always join a group of like-minded individuals who are looking to being more active as well. You can join a local hiking club, or an outdoor sports club most of them are comprised of people who also have to work office hours, thus the club activities don’t usually collide with most job schedules. Nowadays there are even gyms that offer outdoor classes for certain activities, and of course, they’ll have alternatives for those that are working 8 hours a day. You don’t need some magical extra hours a day or win the lottery to balance an active lifestyle with your job. What it comes down to is disposition and willingness to take advantage of whatever free hours you have in your day.