Powerful Health Benefits Of Spending Time Outside [GUEST POST]

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One of the best ways to be healthy is to spend as much time in nature as possible. There are a number of reasons why jogging and exercising in nature are more beneficial than doing those in the gym. If you want to have an outdoor adventure, like camping, this experience will bring you great memories, fun
and a lot of health benefits. The benefits of natural scenery and landscapes that affect mood should not be underestimated.

Strengthen Your Immune System

Frequent exposure to fresh air strengthens the immune system, making your body more resistant to diseases. Spending more time outside strengthens your body in many ways. You will feel healthier and more energized. So force yourself to go for a walk at least a few times a week, even when the weather outside is very uncomfortable.

Improve Concentration

By being outdoors, you increase the oxygen concentration in your body, which is not only good for the physical but also the mental state. Being in nature will clear your mind, increasing your ability to concentrate. The next time your head is full of worries and you have a ton of work to do, just take a 30- minute walk. You will instantly feel more prepared to cope with the challenges the day has set for you.

It Improves Your Circulation

Being outside almost always means that you are directly involved in some physical activity. This in itself causes your blood to circulate better throughout the body, supplying all parts of the body with more oxygen and nutrients. It is therefore not surprising that many studies show that time spent outside is
directly related to overall health.

Turn Your Mood Around

Physical activity combined with natural light is a very effective way to deal with depression. Did you know that serotonin levels are closely related to the amount of oxygen your body receives? By being outside you will increase those levels and will feel much better. It will give you a new perspective.

Increase Creativity

By spending time outside, you can also expand your creativity. Researchers from the University of Utah and the University of Kansas have confirmed this. People who spent 4 full days in nature managed to achieve 50% better results on creativity tests. The activities we do outside, like camping, allow us to get
more ideas. That is why being outside is a great choice for those days when you have to be the best you can.

Reducing Your Stress Level

Exercising regularly as well as inhaling fresh air reduces stress levels and keeps blood sugar lower. Your muscles are constantly moving in nature, which encourages blood glucose to provide energy. Being in nature relaxes your mind and helps you feel more centered. Talk to your doctor before you start
exercising, walking and running regularly, as you may need to adjust your medication or reduce your dose if you start exercising regularly.

You Will Sleep Better

Nature can do wonders for your sleep quality. If you decide to spend some time in nature, you will be more likely to follow the sun and move with it, meaning you are more likely to go to sleep at a reasonable time. Sleeping away from artificial lights in our home and cities positively affects our biorhythm and strengthens the immune system.

Protect Your Eyesight

Staying outside prevents computer vision syndrome, which is a vision problem caused by looking at the screen for too long. Symptoms are blurred vision, double vision, red and dry eyes, irritation, headache, neck and back pain. Staying in nature can prevent and alleviate all these symptoms. Artificial light, on
the other hand, can cause nearsightedness, for which the cure is – staying in nature.

It Supplies the Body with Vitamin D

One of the most obvious reasons for going outdoors, in a sunny place, is to get enough vitamin D. This vitamin is very important for having a healthy immunity. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteoporosis, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Staying in the sun decreases your risk of diabetes, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Many sunscreens block the production of vitamin D, so read all labels carefully.


Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation. You can read his books on Amazon

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