Health Benefits of Being Outside

Health Benefits of Being Outside

Many of us fall victim to seasonal hibernation. With cooler temperatures just around the corner, namely for northerners, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors while the weather still permits. Conversely, those living in the south may already be trapped indoors due to the high temperatures and humidity that come with the summer season. Fall is the perfect time for everyone to get outdoors; neither too hot nor too cold. In addition to the fun one can have whilst being outdoors, there are also a myriad of scientifically-proven health benefits that come with the fun.

Psychological Health

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors, particularly in secluded areas like forests, can decrease cortisol, a hormone which contributes to stress. This time spent outside can also boost serotonin which is a “feel good” neurotransmitter.

Other benefits of being outside pertaining to psychological health include:

  • Improved short-term memory
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Increased brain activity relating to emotional stability
  • Increased creativity and problem-solving capabilities

Eye Health

We’ve all heard that staring at a computer screen for too long can harm your vision. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), as it’s called, causes a number of different symptoms, such as blurred or double vision, dry or red eyes, general eye irritation, headaches and even neck or back pain. Constantly watching television or being on your tablet or cell phone for long, uninterrupted periods of time can also contribute to CVS. Devoting time to being outdoors can reduce your risk of developing CVS by breaking up your time spent staring at screens for work or entertainment.

Nearsightedness is another problem associated with excessive time spent indoors. Scientists have concluded that artificial light tends to provoke nearsightedness. Spending more time outside will lessen the deterioration of your vision.

Physical Health

It goes without saying that exercise is beneficial to your health.  Spending time outdoors, you may be exercising without even realizing it! Something as simple as a walk, swim or bike ride can do wonders for your health. Studies have also shown that the color green, which is prominent in nature, makes exercising feel easier. So what you intended to be a quick jog outside may become a much longer run!

More time outside can also mean more Vitamin D in your body. Most people don’t get enough of the vitamin, which is most effectively obtained through sunlight, and is crucial to the health of your body’s immune system. People who are deficient in Vitamin D are at higher risks for osteoporosis, cancer, auto immune disorders and even Alzheimer’s.

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