5 reasons to get outside and light a fire

My family just got back from a summer evening Hikuwai river trip (Coromandel New Zealand). It’s just a reminder to me of the importance of making an effort and getting outside, catching and cooking (at least some) of your own food, and sitting around an open fire.
We took two other families – 8 kids and 6 adults in all – and relish the beauty of New Zealand and the fun of family adventures.
Here are 5 reasons to get outside and light that fire
1. You can catch real food outside and then cook it – it will be fresh, nutritious and delicious
2. Your kids will have fun, be active, and learn about risk and adventure on their own terms (aka experience a normal human childhood). It creates memories and family traditions which last a lifetime.
3. You get a chance to tell your kids campfire stories
4. There will be less washing up – make your own paleo plate
5. You can get other people to come with you and socialise, connect, drink a nice wine, and enjoy nature

Author: Prof. Grant Schofield

I am Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology and director of the university's Human Potential Centre (HPC) located at the Millennium Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. My research and teaching interests are in wellbeing and chronic disease prevention especially reducing the risk and eventual mortality and morbidity from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. I live by the motto "be the best you can be" and have a strong commitment to peak performance in which I also do consulting work. I’ve been interested in human health and performance for my whole career. I started in psychology, went into sport and exercise psychology, then into public health, especially physical activity, then obesity. There have been some twists and turns along the way, which are the reasons for why I do what I do – you can read about those in my first blog entry. I want to know how we can be the best we can be. This crosses disciplines such as biology, medicine, pubic health, and productivity management. The cornerstones are nutrition, exercise, sleep, neuroscience, psychology and wellbeing. In my blog, I cover these topics under the broad heading of the Science of Human Potential.

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