We all know that staying in nature is great for our health. But for one reason or another, it seems like we are spending more time indoors. There are many reasons why lounging on a sofa should be replaced by going to a park.
Spending time outside benefits our mental and physical health. Being just five minutes outside can improve your mood. People who live closer to green areas have better mental health. Walking through green areas helps refresh our mind.
Do we need to add another reason, or are you ready to go for a walk?
You Will Strengthen the Immune System
Frequent exposure to cold winter temperatures and fresh air strengthens the immune system, making your body more resistant to disease. Spending more time outside strengthens your body in many ways.
Try convincing yourself to go for a walk at least a few times a week, even when it is cold outside. Click here and engage in some outdoor activity that will keep you happy and out of the house.
Improve Your Digestion
First, being outside means you are active, and activity helps digestion. Second, fresh air has a positive effect, so by being outside and breathing in the cold, you burn calories. The best time to be outside is immediately after a meal.
This is the time when your body is working hard to digest all the food that you have eaten.
By spending time outside, you will boost your creativity. The activities we do outside allow us to get more ideas and expand our views.
Being outside is a great choice for those days when you have to give it your maximum.
Being outside will make your blood circulate better throughout the body, supplying all your body parts with more oxygen and nutrients. Longer exposure to fresh air clears your blood. It is not surprising that many studies show that time spent outside is directly related to overall health.
Increase the Amount of Vitamin D
The optimal level of vitamin D in the body is crucial for many aspects of our body. Vitamin D strengthens the bones, improves brain function, and can prevent cardiovascular diseases. Most of our vitamin D is obtained by sun exposure (and a much smaller amount from food). That is why it is important to regularly spend a few hours outside.
Even in winter, the sun helps us get vitamin D that is needed for the body to function properly. It doesn’t matter that you don’t see or feel the sun yet.
Put Yourself in a Good Mod
Physical activity combined with natural light is a very effective way to ward off depression. By being outside you can increase the level of serotonin in the body. Its levels are closely related to the amount of oxygen the body receives.
Improves Overall Health
Staying in nature improves heart health and blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and helps you sleep better. It also reduces the risk of type 2-diabetes, and, in general, “prolongs” life.
It Improves Concentration
By being outdoors, you increase the oxygen concentration in your body, which is not only good for your physical but mental health too. Fresh air combined with walking will clear your mind, increasing your ability to concentrate.
Next time your head is full of worries and you have a ton of work to do, take a 30-minute walk. Afterward, you will feel more prepared to cope with the challenges the day has set for you.
It Reduces Stress
The impact that the time outside will have on your health depends on the amount of greenery where you spend your time. Let’s say there are two “levels” of nature. One is a wilderness environment (for example mountains), and the other is the nature you will find in a park.
Scientists say that both “levels” of nature help lower physical and psychological markers of stress. But the effects are greater for those who spend their time in the “wild nature”. Of course, the fact that you may not have the time or means to be in such an environment doesn’t mean that you cannot go to the park.