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Amy Bushatz - Getting outside for 20mins everyday and how it’s changed her life.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Amy Bushatz is an Alaska-based journalist and host of the podcast Humans Outside.

Since September 1, 2017, she’s spent at least 20 minutes outside every day as part of an experiment to see how building and keeping a daily nature habit can change her life. What she found was benefits including making her happier, healthier and more creative while improving her relationships, making new friends and more.

Since starting her outdoor journey Amy has also become an ultra runner, skier, backpacker, camping enthusiast and tried ice climbing, glacier trekking, snowshoe running, ATVing, cliff jumping, forest bathing, rock climbing, high-ropes courses and more.

Amy and her family live in Palmer, Alaska with their two dogs.

*Content Warning - there is mention of disordered eating during this episode, we don’t go into specific details.

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Show notes

  • Who is Amy

  • Her early years and not being outdoorsy

  • Being married with kids

  • Getting into running and fitness

  • The benefits of spending time outdoors

  • Working as a journalist for 20 years

  • Deciding to move to Alaska without ever having been there

  • The weather in Alaska and dealing with the cold

  • Needing a goal and setting herself a new challenge

  • Deciding to spend 20 mins outside every day for 1 year

  • Creating the rules

  • How it’s changed her life

  • Spending time with her family and how it’s improved relationships

  • Her running journey

  • Connecting with the ultra running community

  • Overtraining and dealing with injury

  • Going straight for the Resurrection Pass 100 Miler

  • Dealing with the cold and the elevation gain and loss over the race

  • What she would do differently

  • The mental side of the race

  • Not putting on the layers

  • Hoarding food and clothing and not being able to accept help

  • Feeling emotional on the trail - walking and crying

  • Having a scarcity mindset - even though it’s not reality

  • Not joking about food

  • Getting to 70 miles and mentally processing not reaching the 100 miles

  • Knowing that she can do hard things

  • Not wanting to train for another 100 miler

  • Wanting to do the 50 miler

  • Recovery from the 70 miles

  • #HumansOutside365

  • Final words of advice


Social Media


Instagram: @amybushatz

Twitter: @amybushatz

Humans Outside Podcast #HumansOutside365

Podcast Website:

Instagram: @humansoutside

Twitter: @HumansOutside

Facebook: @HumansOutside

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Get involved with the #MarchDailyMile Challenge.


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