There’s something so rejuvenating and exhilarating about being outdoors, fresh air, in the sun, and under the blue skies. Whether you are walking in the park, jogging through the neighborhood, cycling on a wooded trail, just being outdoor comes with a ton of benefits.
According to Harvard Medical School, spending more time outdoors can improve your mental and physical health, and help enhance your overall well-being.
Here are some reasons why you should spend more time outdoors.
Outdoors Is Good For Your Health
Just being outdoor makes you more likely to exercise. It can improve blood pressure, boost immune system, lower cholesterol, and burn more calories. Just 30 minutes every day can make a big difference in your health.
You Get Your Daily Dose Of Vitamin D
Spending time 10-30 minutes a day outside means that you get good dose of natural vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb more calcium. It helps in boosting your health, both physical and mental. Apart from its ability to improve your overall mood, boosting your vitamin D production by exposing yourself to sunlight daily has also been shown to be great for those who wish to get in shape as studies have found that there is a link between being overweight and vitamin D deficiency. But don’t forget the sunscreen and limited sun exposure.
Boost Your Mood and Improve Self-Esteem
After a long day at work or school sitting inside, staring at the computer screen/TV/books, the brain is tired and exhausted. University Of Essex researchers found that as little as 5 minutes of outdoor activity can seriously boost your mood, self-esteem, and relieve stress.
When you outdoors, it’s not just your body but your mental health that can benefit too. Exercising outside and being surrounded by nature has a way of relieving you of stress and boosting your mood significantly. It isn’t just the dopamine release from exercising that does the trick, but the fact that you are exercising in an open space, under the blue skies, surrounded by nature.
Best of all - The membership is Free!! Doing outdoor activity means that you don’t have to pay for hefty gym membership fees. You can choose the location of your desire. You won’t be bored staring at the gym equipment. No devices, just fresh air!! And the outdoors does NOT have a closing time. All you need are comfortable clothes and a good attitude.
Get out there. Live a better, healthier, and happier life!