Hey there. My name is Michael Balle Hansen and I'm a Danish guy who's been interested in the outdoors since very young when I joined the Danish boy scouts.
My enjoyment from nature after that went a bit sideways, but when I joined the military I again fell in love with the peaceful nature. Granted there was more pain and suffering than actual enjoyment during that time, but as the years progressed I got that feeling back of wanting to be in nature when I remembered the good times when doing military exercises.
When I emigrated from Denmark to Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia I was really thrown into an environment with absolutely gorgeous nature so I started hiking and camping as much as I could.
In these last 2 years I've been throwing myself into trail running as it gives you both the peaceful nature while also dramatically improving your cardiovascular strength. In 2019 I completed my first 50K Ultra Marathon Trail race which was an amazing (But very painful) experience. I'm currently training to do another one but due to COVID-19 was not able to do one in 2020.
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The main reason would be if you want to really learn to take advantage of the beautiful nature. Its hard to beat the peace you achieve when you get away from the cities. Many of us have completely lost track of nature. Going back to our roots and getting all the anti-stress benefits of being in nature is immensely beneficial.
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