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PODCAST - Discovering Body Liberation in the Great Outdoors with Jenny Bruso

Discovering Body Liberation in the Great Outdoors with Jenny Bruso and Unlikely Hikers

[This episode is part of the Health and Wellness Changemakers Series, our collaboration with Shohreh Davoodi's Redefining Health and Wellness Podcast. This post is cross-posted from Shohreh's website.]  

Discovering Body Liberation in the Great Outdoors with Jenny Bruso and Unlikely Hikers, Episode 46 of the Redefining Health & Wellness Podcast with Shohreh Davoodi, sponsored by Superfit Hero

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Nature provides us with so much, from breathtaking views and fresh air to sweet smells and Vitamin D, that anyone who wants to enjoy it should be able to do so comfortably. Unfortunately, as a culture, only one type of person is typically thought of as outdoorsy, which leaves many people out of the narrative.

In an effort to cultivate community with other outdoorspeople who didn’t fit that narrow mold, Jenny Bruso founded Unlikely Hikers. As a queer, plus-size woman, she not only wanted to see more hikers like herself, she wanted to see more diverse hikers in general.

While on a break from leading group hikes around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenny chatted with me about all things the great outdoors, including benefits, barriers to access, and respecting the land you’re on.

Discussed in this episode:

  • What led Jenny to found Unlikely Hikers.
  • The variety of benefits that we can get from spending time in nature, including gaining space in a shrinking world.
  • How nature can reinforce our place in the universe.
  • The advantage of many outdoor activities being divorced from a lot of typical fitness culture narratives.
  • Barriers to access to getting to enjoy nature, including transportation and costs.
  • Jenny’s experiences on the trail of people assuming she doesn’t know where she is or what she’s doing.
  • The need for more trails with increased accessibility for different bodies.
  • How wherever we are in the U.S. we are on stolen land, including national parks, so it’s important to educate ourselves about whose land we’re on and treat it with respect.
  • Ways in which non-outdoorsy people can still benefit from nature.
  • How there are natural delights to discover even in your own neighborhood.
  • How Jenny defines health and wellness for herself at this moment in her life.

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This Episode is Part of the Health and Wellness Changemakers Series

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Discovering Body Liberation in the Great Outdoors with Jenny Bruso and Unlikely Hikers, Episode 46 of the Redefining Health & Wellness Podcast with Shohreh Davoodi, sponsored by Superfit Hero

Jenny Bruso is a queer, plus-size writer, hiker, group hike leader, podcaster, and the founder of Unlikely Hikers. Unlikely Hikers aims to change the narrative of who is getting outdoors and shed a more realistic light on the everyday outdoorsperson. As part of her work, Jenny leads hikes all over the country. You can find Jenny on her website and Instagram and learn more about Unlikely Hikers on Instagram and Twitter.

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