7 Reasons Why You Should Be Spending Your Time in the Great Outdoors

There are many reasons why you should go and enjoy the Great Outdoors. Here are seven key reasons to get out and about. 

1. First, your body needs Vitamin D and very few foods contain Vitamin D naturally. To get optimal Vitamin D levels, you need to be exposed to sunlight. Sunlight triggers Vitamin D synthesis in our bodies and you must be outdoors to absorb it, as the UVB radiation does not penetrate window glass. Optimal Vitamin D absorption is important because it is linked to improved immune system function, maintaining brain activity, especially into old age and helps avoid conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

Also it prevents rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, some forms of cancer, obesity and in turn prevents heart disease and stroke. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and optimal levels of Vitamin D has been shown to reduce inflammation by as much as one third making it as effective as over the counter medicine. Lastly, it absorbs calcium, which gives you stronger bones and prevents osteoporosis. 

2. That’s not all being outdoors does for our bodies. Studies show that being in natural settings improves our quality of sleep. Natural sunlight helps set the body’s internal clock that normalizes hormonal functions such as sleeping and you all should know how important sleeping is for our brains and our bodies. Try camping for a weekend.

3.Being outside also has been shown to improve mental health. People who spend more time outside or live closer to nature tend to be happier than people who live in an urban setting.

4. Stressed out? The outdoors helps reduce anxiety, ease depression as well as reduces stress. So get outside and start enjoying what nature has to offer everyday you can.

5. Enjoying time spent outdoors also improves your focus. It gives you a break from the over-stimulation that people experience from hours spent at work or school and allows you to relax and clear your mind.

7. If you are a dog owner, your dog most certainly prefers playing outside than being cooped up indoors all day, so do your non-human best friend a favor and have some fun outside with them. They will be much happier and so will you.

8. Not only does being outside do these amazing things for us, but it also keeps us away from our smartphones. I’ll cover how smart phones negatively affect us in an upcoming post. Thanks for reading and we hope you feel inclined to go outside and enjoy yourself! 

References:

http://www.health.com/mind-body/health-benefits-of-nature

 http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1680

 http://dailynaturalremedies.com/10-benefits-of-vitamin-d/


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