by Shemane Nugent

Nothing is more powerful than being surrounded by nature and enveloped by its healing power. The sight of colorful birds and trees, the symphonic sounds of crickets and birds, the gentle kiss of wind on your face, and the smell of freshly cut grass or a fragrant gardenia can be instant stress  reducer.

The great outdoors is where we can be alone with our thoughts and feelings. Have you ever gone for a walk to clear your head and suddenly came up with creative thoughts about how to solve a problem or design something new? Inspiration takes place in many forms and places. Being in nature can do more than just enhance your sense of vitality.

When I was hospitalized for migraines, a neurologist suggested I listen to a recording of sounds of nature in a dark room. Why not just go outside? I wondered. At that point, I realized breathing fresh air was more than just a temporary fix to relieve stress; it was also innately rewarding for us all. It’s energizing and enlightening to fully envelop ourselves in Mother Nature…

(Excerpt from Shemane Nugent’s newest book: 4 Minutes a Day, Rock ‘n Roll Your Way to Happy)



ShemDogsShemane is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and Zumba® Master Class Trainer.  An ambassador for healthy living, Shemane Nugent has been a group fitness instructor for more than 30 years. She is a motivational speaker, author, award-winning TV producer and host, filmmaker, and is passionate about helping people make a positive impact on their health and overall well-being. She has appeared on MTV, Vh1, Discovery, CMT, C-Span, FOX, and many other national television and radio shows.  Shemane got her start in media as a radio newscaster in 1980. Visit

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