The Benefits of Being Outside in Nature
Spending time outdoors in nature has been proven to have health benefits. However, not everyone wants to get outside and experience the wonders of nature. The following are the benefits of being in nature for those who need that extra encouragement.
Getting Vitamin D
Everyone knows the benefits of getting Vitamin D, and this is the most obvious reason to spend some time outside. Vitamin D is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis, cancer and even Alzheimer’s. Getting some Vitamin D could also prevent diabetes, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. Going outside and getting some Vitamin D the natural way is better than taking supplements.
In today’s world everyone is glued to the computer screen. Doing this for prolonged periods can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which has symptoms like blurred vision, double vision, dry eyes, headaches and neck and back pain. Going outside forces individuals to focus on objects that are not right in front of their face and prevent CVS.
New research has shown that society’s increasing exposure to artificial light has a negative impact on near-sightedness. Natural light is the solution to the artificial light problem.
Improvement in Sleeping
Sleep patterns are regulated by the body’s circadian rhythm, which is naturally tied to the sun’s schedule. When individuals spend too much time indoors and away from natural light, their circadian rhythms can be altered, thus disrupting sleep patterns. The disturbed sleep cycles can be recalibrated by early morning exposure to sunlight.
We live in a polluted world, that is true. However, it is also true that indoor pollutants are worse than outdoor ones and can health issues such as heart disease, lung cancer, bronchitis and asthmatic attacks. Getting some fresh air is a worthwhile addition to the day.
Even taking a light walk outside has immense health benefits, especially compared with sitting. Too much sitting results in impaired fat burning capacity, decreased bone density and increased blood pressure. The benefits of exercise don’t have to be extolled, they are well known and can prevent a whole host of physical diseases as well as psychological disorders. Exercising outdoors has benefits over working out in the gym.
Finally, there are the massive beneficial effects of getting outside on an individual’s mental well being. When individuals spend time outside, they can see benefits like improved attention spans, boosts in serotonin and increased activity in the parts of the brain that are responsible for empathy, love and emotional stability. To improve one’s mood, one should get outside.
Thus we see that the benefits of spending time outside are many and long lasting.
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