Archive for May, 2012
When we weren’t gawking at the beautiful scenery or chatting with visitors at our Earthkeepers booth, those of us from Team Timberland who were lucky enough to go to Mountainfilm in Telluride last weekend enjoyed some of the inspiring speakers on Mountainfilm’s agenda. A festival favorite was Dan Buettner, a record-setting endurance biker, author and explorer.
Dan wanted to understand why certain people in particular areas of the world lived longer, healthier and happier lives, so he traveled across the planet to get answers. The result is his best-selling book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, which examines how people live and how lifestyle affects lifespan.
Here’s a bit of what Dan has learned about happiness through his travels and research:
If you want to be happier, get outdoors.
Access to nature is clearly associated with higher levels of happiness, lower BMI and even better eyesight. As a species, we spent 99 percent of our existence outdoors. That gives us an evolutionary clue for what we ought to be doing.
“Getting outdoors” doesn’t have to mean scaling a mountain or running a marathon.
I can tell you with near certainty that regular, low-intensity physical activity is much better for you than beating your body while engaging in ultra-endurance activities. Joints give out, cartilage erodes, we get injured. Experience something extreme, and then learn to like hiking. You’ll be happier and healthier in the long run.
If we want to lessen our environmental footprint and live healthier lives, we’ve got to step away from the gas tank.
If we tax the heck out of gasoline we’ll drive less, produce less carbon, walk more, bike more, get outside more and nearly eliminate the obesity epidemic.
As an outdoors brand, we’d have to agree with Dan — getting outdoors makes us pretty happy! We’re proud to have been a sponsor of this year’s Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival, and grateful for the opportunity to meet incredible people like Dan while we were there. To learn more about Timberland’s support of Mountainfilm, please visit our Festivals page.
Late spring’s longer, warmer days mean more time for you to get outdoors and play. Whether your preference is trail or sail, Timberland’s got just the watch to keep you on time and in style.
Our Belknap Watch is as rugged and outdoor-ready as the New Hampshire county it’s named for. We’ve paired an ion-plated brushed stainless steel case with a versatile rubber strap that’s washable and durable. The Belknap’s date feature and water-resistance add functionality and performance to this stylish timepiece.
Whether you’re tracking high tide or getting ready for full moon fever, you’ll be ready when you’re wearing our Hydroclimb Moon Phase Watch. A sleek, polished stainless steel case contrasts nicely with the rubber strap, which is rugged and easily washable. The Hydroclimb is water resistant to 300 feet – peace of mind in case your canoe tips unexpectedly.
Sleek, hard-wearing and ready to time your hikes and runs, our Front Country Chronograph will quickly earn its place on your list of essential gear. Water resistant to 300 feet, the Front Country features a polished stainless steel case and rugged leather strap that will conform to your wrist over time.
If you’ve got a dad or a grad in your life that’s perpetually 10 minutes late, don’t forget – watches make great gifts, too! You can shop our entire watch collection online.
Words of wisdom from 31-year old Ivan Pastor, a member of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation. Timberland is proud to be the official sponsor of Ivan and his teammates, as they set their sights on summer in London.
We recently caught up with Ivan on dry land and learned a little more about this world-champion sailor:
Started young: Ivan started sailing when he was just 8 years old.
Not superstitious: He doesn’t follow any sort of pre-competition “good luck” ritual, but he does like to take his time getting his equipment ready.
Pretty passionate about the water: If he weren’t a sailor, Ivan would be a professional surfer.
Has a favorite sailing spot: He loves the Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia – an incredible place to sail.
Appreciates good grip: This is the most important feature in footwear for sailing, according to Ivan. Good thing he’s wearing our Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber!
Has no fear: When asked for a story about a time when he was scared at sea, Ivan says, “I have some anecdotes, but none about being scared. You need to respect the sea, not fear it.”
Respecting the sea seems to be paying off for Ivan and his Spanish Sailing Federation teammates; they’re having an incredible season, and we’re proud to be a part of it. Stay tuned for progress updates as the team sails toward London!
If you think Ivan’s an interesting guy, you might also like to learn more about his teammates on our men’s site. And if you appreciate good grip as much as our Spanish sailors do, check out our entire collection of Formentor boat shoes.