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The Power of Nature to Heal Your Body and Mind

The Power of Nature to Heal Your Body and Mind by Sofia Alves. Photograph of a woman running through grass by Joao Ferreira
Photograph by Joao Ferreira

The body was made to move, it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing and especially potent when done in nature

For the most part of my childhood and teenage life, physical activity was like a dear friend that always seemed to be there when needed, yet never too imposing when not.

Growing up, everyone played at least one team sport or played outside by running, jumping, wrestling or just moving around. It was easy and normal; it just came naturally. I can’t remember the year I stopped appreciating the power of fitness, but I do know that after that, it was all downhill for my self-esteem,

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