7 Benefits of Being Outdoors

Hey people with emotions,

Today’s topic is Mother Nature! We are going to talk today about the great outdoors and what benefits there are when you spend time outside instead of being stuck inside the whole day.

Not only is it more fun to be outside and be active, but it’s important. It is good for our brains, body and soul. Cheesy, I know, But being outdoors does help in all of those areas.

Here are 7 benefits and reasons why you should spend more time in the great outdoors.

  1. It’s been proven to lower stress blood pressure, heart rate and overall improve your well being. A study published by the International Journal of Environmental Health Research states that spending just 20 minutes in a park (no exercise needed, phew!) is enough to improve well-being (Yuen & Jenkins, 2019). Being outdoors, just sitting and absorbing the sun and view on its own helps you relax and reduce stress. Overall, it makes you feel happier.
  2. It feels easier to exercise outdoors. A portion of the benefits we see in exercising outdoors is that our exposure to sunlight enhances the production of Vitamin D, which may be responsible for mood enhancing (Graham, 2017). Plus low cost if you exercise outdoors, so save your money and treat your self!
  3. Being outside helps with mental health. A research done at Stanford University showed that people who went on 90 minute walk in nature showed a decrease in a region of their brain that is associated highly with depression (Ferguson, 2017). In another study done in 2015 by Stanford, it showed that people who went out for a walk experienced less anxiety, rumination (focused attention on negative aspects of oneself), positive motions, and overall higher amounts of happiness (Ferguson, 2017)!
  4. Moderate to vigorous activity and time outdoors can help with your academic performance. Reading fluency, reading comprehension, and arithmetic skills were some of the few things that a Finnish study found that improved when youth spent time outside doing moderate to vigorous activities (Ferguson, 2017)
  5. . Protects your vision. Computer vision syndrome and nearsightedness can be corrected by spending just a couple of hours outside per day in natural light (Cunningham, 2020).
  6. Mood elevation. Getting exposure to natural light has shown high self esteem in people, as well as better moods (Cunningham, 2020).
  7. Creativity. Spending time outdoors has shown to increase performance in creative problem solving tasks by up to 50% (Cunningham, 2020).

These are just a few benefits of spending some time in the great outdoors. If you can’t spend an hour outside, try to spend at least 15 minutes outside. You can go outside and be active, or just sit down and absorb the rays of the sun. There are too many benefits of the outdoors to not take advantage of that.

So if you ever need anything. We’re here to help. It’s Just Us.

References:

Cunningham, K. J. (2020, January 20). The 19 Physical & Mental Benefits of Being Outside. Retrieved from https://www.myopencountry.com/benefits-being-outside/

Ferguson, J. L. (2017, June 7). 5 Benefits Of Being Outdoors. Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-benefits-of-being-outdoors_b_5938266ce4b014ae8c69dce0?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAD0cyzFV-YM5As-hPLJbpj50AgVoVxIa8iwnykTNWg3PgJRok2or7iALOE5SPWVmF_CmS3HTTW0HJQAvcl4BYOUeKGxEAQIbOP8uVu4aFHAQddnfPMGy89hEcefgkwQpQV4L729czHZ57l6qLdhNZ8TDGuoQvw8vgqIjIkorkqL9

Graham, K. (March 27, 2017.). Get Out! 5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise. Retrieved from https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/6360/get-out-5-benefits-of-outdoor-exercise

Yuen, H. K., & Jenkins, G. R. (2019). Factors associated with changes in subjective well-being immediately after urban park visit. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 1–12. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1577368

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