It Is Always Better…
Have you ever noticed then when you are getting outside everyday (even on a pause for a lunch break), gives you the feeling of being more freshen up every time? Well,that is also scientifically true.
Research has found that spending time outdoors can actually make you healthier, whether you head to the mountains, beach, a lake or the woods.
Getting outside is beneficial not only for your body – but for your brain as well.
What Are The Benefits Of Outdoor Living
Better Short Term Memory
Researchers concluded that spending time in nature was able to boost working memory more than walking through an urban environment.
It’s not the first study to discover this and many people know in firsthand that they tend to recharge better when relaxing in a natural setting, as compared to a busy city street.
Slower Aging Process
Getting outside more, also helps to lessen stress, as stress can contribute to premature aging. It offers double benefit when it comes to aging more gracefully.
Another benefit is weight loss – and as we age, it can be tough to maintain an ideal weight. That’s because being outside makes exercise feel easier and more enjoyable,which means you’re more likely to get moving outdoors and for a longer period of time.
Even if you aren’t actually trying to exercise, some outdoor elements like mountains, can contribute directly to weight loss.
In fact, just spending time in higher altitudes can help in shedding few pounds. Higher elevation(climbing) is known to boost the metabolism and even reduce hunger cravings.
Serotonin Does It’s Work
Getting outdoors and spending time in nature makes people feel more alive. Isn’t that case with you? Of course it is.
In addition to decreasing stress, it offers a shift toward a more positive mood, with the theory behind it being that we naturally respond more positively to something that’s good for us.
Furthermore, daylight tends to elevate one’s mood, and unless you happen to live in a glass house, you’ll probably get more sunlight outside than you would indoors.
Healing Faster Than Usual
Researchers reported that patients who underwent spinal surgery experienced less pain and took fewer pain medications during recovery when exposed to natural sunlight.
If you’re able to get outside in the sun and work in a garden, it may offer even greater healing effects, according to researches conducted.
Spending time interacting with nature in a well-designed garden won’t cure your cancer or heal a badly burned leg, but there is good evidence it can reduce your levels of pain and stress
And by doing that, it will boost your immune system in ways that allow your own body and other treatments to help you heal faster.
Higher Vitamin D Presence
There’s a reason vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin.That’s because when sunlight hits the skin, it starts what’s known as the circuitous process which leads to the biologically active form of the vitamin.
Vitamin D plays an important role in our health, with its major function to help maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It helps the body to absorb calcium which forms and maintains strong bones.
Getting Outside – Good For Your Heart
The practice of going for a walk in the forest can lower blood pressure, pulse and heart rate variability, as well as reduce stress hormone levels.
I think everyone that went for a walk experienced the calmness within. Even you.
Exercising in the forest and simply gazing at the trees has the ability to reduce blood pressure as well as stress related hormones – cortisol and adrenaline.
Just looking at pictures of trees has similar but much less dramatic effect. As stress inhibits the immune system, walking in forests results with heart health benefits which are magnified.
Lowers Inflammation Processes Within
While inflammation is a natural process, the body uses to respond to threats like an injury such as a stubbed toe, and pathogens, like when you’re exposed to the flu, when it goes into overdrive, that’s when problems can occur.
Fortunately, spending time outdoors in nature can help keep that inflammation in check.
Furthermore, while you’re out in the sun getting that daily dose of vitamin D, that also helps to reduce inflammation. That’s because when you’re injured or are fighting off a flu, the immune system responds with inflammation, as noted earlier.
That’s the good type of inflammation that helps to heal a wound or battle an infection. Once it’s been successful, your fever goes away, or the wound heals.
Vitamin D is an important part of that process as it tells the immune system to “turn off” the inflammatory response when the work is done.
Renewed Mental Energy
You know that feeling. You’ve been hard at work, focusing on getting a project done and suddenly it seems like your brain just won’t do its job anymore.
That’s called mental fatigue and one of the best ways to get your mind going again is getting outside to clear your head.
Mental energy can be renewed by spending time outdoors in nature, feeling those warm sunny rays upon your skin, breathing fresh air and listening to the sounds of birds singing.
What could you ask for more?
As all stated above, surely we understand that reducing stress levels in our body will find it’s path of prolonging the quality of our lives. The health effects of being outdoors in “green space,” seem nearly endless.
However, practice getting outside more often in every chance you get, so you will reduce your stress levesl and have better heart health,that would naturally lead to better longevity.
Cure naturally your mind, body and soul…it is just simple as that!
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