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THE OUTDOORS: AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE

Power of The Outdoors During COVID-19

The best way to de-stress during this uncertain time is by getting outside. Here are some resources on how to do it safely and responsibly:

How Americans Are Fighting Cabin Fever

15% of Americans plan to hike more than usual due to COVID-19.

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What is the Ideal Amount of Time to Spend Outside?

Health officials and outdoor organizations are strongly discouraging people from traveling to recreation spots during the COVID-19 outbreak, but there are plenty of benefits to recreating close to home—and the rewards begin accruing at 120 minutes a week.

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Getting Exercise in the Mountains Where They Can Find It

A Colorado family finds ways to get outdoors for fitness and relaxation as coronavirus limits their options.

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The Rules for Going Outdoors During Coronavirus

How to recreate responsibly and safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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You Probably Shouldn’t Be Backcountry Skiing Right Now

Yes, getting outside is good for anxiety, but you should think twice about crowding backcountry trailheads and risking getting hurt.

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How to Get Outside (During a Pandemic)

Right now, protecting the health of the people around you is the number one most important thing to be doing. It’s also totally understandable that, to maintain some semblance of morale, you’d like to get out a bit.

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Exercising Outdoors During Coronavirus: Can I Jog? Is That Water Fountain Safe?

The New York Times talked with virologists, physiologists and other scientists about what we do and do not know about exercising outdoors during the coronavirus crisis. Here is what they had to say.

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Bikes Might Be the Best Transportation for Social Distancing

As COVID-19 shuts down buses and trains in cities, we remember that bicycles are the ultimate contingency plan.

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Hunting, Angling Offer Respite for Many in a Tenuous Moment

Coronavirus is forcing all of us to reconsider our daily interactions with other people. But hunters and anglers find a sense of peace, stability, and charity within the most ancient form of social distancing.

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The Power of Close-to-Home Nature In The Time of Coronavirus

The impact of this pandemic will inevitably increase anxieties and continue to separate us from each other, but nature can help sustain us—physically and mentally—in these difficult times.

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Wondering About Social Distancing?

It’s O.K. to go outdoors for fresh air and exercise — to walk your dog, go for a hike or ride your bicycle, for example. The point is not to remain indoors, but to avoid being in close contact with people.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak Puts Running into Perspective

As the pandemic continues to surge and major races are canceled, we can return to running for its own sake

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There’s New Evidence on the Benefits of Sun Exposure

Recent studies suggest that sunlight may lower blood pressure in ways that have nothing to do with vitamin D.

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How to Bring the Outdoors Inside:

How do you maintain an outdoorsy lifestyle when you have to self-isolate? We’ve rounded up our favorite resources. Whether you need some inspiration and positivity for your brand’s social feeds, or are simply looking for something to do this weekend, these blogs, books, and podcasts will help:

Quarantine Activities That Don’t Cost Any Money

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast now in quarantine or shelter-in-place, here are a few suggestions on how to pass the time.

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Books, Movies, and Podcasts to Bring the Outdoors into Your Home

Stay inspired with these adventure books, movies and podcasts that help bring the outdoors inside.

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10 Inspiring Adventure Films to Watch Now

Looking for a feel-good flick? GearJunkie has rounded up 10 of our favorite adventure movies and documentaries that are sure to inspire.

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10 TIPS FOR BECOMING A GEAR STORAGE MASTER

In need of some weekend plans? Take back control of your gear room.

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7 Apps to Help You Stay Calm and De-Stress

Looking for mental health resources during stressful times or more ideas on how to de-stress?

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This is My #MyOutdoorStory, What’s Yours?

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, we’re bringing back our #myoutdoorstory campaign to bring positivity and connection to our social media feeds. Share your story about how you fell in love with the outdoors or how the outdoors transformed you.

Tell us about the people you were with, the gear you carried, the places you went and the limits you pushed (or limits that pushed you). Use video, photo or audio in your post and tag #myoutdoorstory. Together we can lift spirits and be reminded of the power of the outdoors.

Need some inspiration to get started? Here are outdoor stories that we’ve collected as part of our #myoutdoorstory campaign.

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