Staying indoors may feel more comfortable, fewer pests, the convenience of air conditioning and heating, but what is it about the outdoors that makes it so appealing? Many studies have discovered that going outside has significant health advantages for your loved ones.
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Here are some of the health advantages of being outdoors and how spending more time outside is one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to enhance your health and wellness.
A Boost of Vitamin D
Your body is capable of producing the required amounts of Vitamin D by exposing your arms and legs to sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes. This essential vitamin can help combat rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, heart disease and various forms of cancer. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to muscle and bone discomfort, inflammation, increased risk of Type 1 diabetes and cancer.
A Way to Lift Your Spirits
People who participate in outdoor activities report having greater levels of energy. A recent study by The University of Michigan discovered a correlation between group nature walks and considerably lower levels of depression, as well as decreased feelings of stress and improved mental health and well-being. The smell of freshly cut grass, seeing vibrant colors, inhaling fresh air and feeling the sun on their faces is able to trigger feelings of happiness in most individuals.
According to research, family members who are dealing with major life events that can lead to depression, such as the passing of a loved one or serious illness, may find taking group walks in natural settings, a good alternative to medication.
Reduction of Stress Levels
Spending time outdoors has been linked to lowered stress levels and has mind and body benefits that are comparable to meditation. Although the exact science behind it is unknown, relaxing in a community with flora and fauna has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure.
Helps to Improve Memory
In another study, it was observed that interacting with nature helped increase memory performance and attention span by 20%. Studies have also shown the spending more time outside has also been linked to enhanced focus, creativity and mental clarity.
Strengthen the Immune System
According findings from a study, adults who hiked twice a day, for three days, raised their white blood cell count by 40%. Even up to a month later, their white blood cell count was still 15 percent higher. These improvements were not observed following an urban walking excursion, indicating that it wasn’t due to exercise alone. Going outdoors boosts the number of white blood cells in your body, and the impact lasts beyond the immediate days after the activity.
Overall Improvement in Health
According to research, living in a community with access to the outdoors can enhance cardiovascular and metabolic health, as well as reduce blood pressure and stress levels.