In this day and age, it can feel daunting to experience the great outdoors. With technology at our fingertips, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate ourselves to venture outside.
But did you know that there are actually scientific benefits to being outside, even if for only a few moments? After reading our article you just might want to pack your bags and go on an adventure.
1. Being outside boosts your energy
Feeling tired all the time? Maybe you’re spending too much time in front of your laptop or phone, or watching a bit too much Netflix in bed. Try getting up and going on a walk, even if it’s only around the block!
Is getting fit and healthier one of your goals for this year? Maybe try exercising outside! Jog at a park instead of a treadmill inside a cramped gym. Dust off your old bike that’s been sitting inside your garage and cycle your way around the city instead of the usual (and probably pricey) cycling class.
You an also try setting up a weekend hiking trip with a group of friends to escape your weekday grind! It’s not only easier to exercise when you’re outdoors, but it will boost your immune system and give you the energy you need!
2. Being outside give you a dose of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for a well-functioning body. It helps us absorb calcium, prevents osteoporosis, reduces inflammation, and does man other helpful things for the body. And the best part? You can get your daily dose of vitamin D directly from the sun.
Yes, hanging out under the sun for a few minutes will benefit your body in a number of ways. Some say a maximum of 20 minutes is enough, but if you’re going to try a bit longer, make sure you’re wearing some sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer.
3. Being outside makes you more creative
Lacking inspiration for your next article, art project, or client pitch? If you can’t manage to take a long and adventurous weekend, take a 15 to 20-minute walk outside during your lunch break.
Not only will it aid in your digestion, but the surroundings might inspire you as well! Staying away from your computer or phone will give you time to look around and appreciate your surroundings. A well-rested mind gets your creative juices flowing.
4. Being outside helps regulate your internal rhythm (body clock)
Remember the time when you were sleeping soundly in the middle of the night, and someone suddenly turns on the light? Well, that’s pretty much what is happening when it comes to actual sunlight.
Basically, light tells the brain that it is time to wake up – even without an alarm clock! Many factors can affect our biological clock, but light appears to be the most important. The timing of exposure is crucial; the body clock is most responsive to sunlight in the early morning, between 6 and 8:30 a.m. If you spend too much time indoors, or spend your whole night under the light of your computer or phone, your internal rhythm will be knocked off.
Getting natural sunlight exposure during the day will help your body know when it’s time to be awake and when it’s time to rest, giving you more energy during the day and a much better night’s sleep.
5. Being outside can relax you
Aside from the breath of fresh air, spending time outside the office or an environment that brings stress can make us less worried. Even if there is no exercise involved, just sitting on a bench in the middle of the day can help you stress less. Even enjoying a 20-minute coffee break outside in the afternoon and appreciating your surroundings will help you unwind.
These are just five of so many benefits of going outside. Whether you’re an adventure-seeking individual, hobbyist, or just someone who wants to unwind after a stressful work-week, being outside can give you more than you thought possible!
How about you, what does the outdoor give you? Share them through the comments below.