As children we find it easy to embrace the outdoor air, riding a bike, swinging in the park, or having a kick about.
Yet, as adults, we often find ourselves locked indoors somehow. Although this is the case, there is nothing quite like stepping outside and getting a breath of fresh air.
There are many reasons why;
Being outdoors has a positive effect on both physical and mental health and well-being.
This allows us to be more exposed to the sun’s natural source of Vitamin D. Although we all know it is important to protect the skin from the risk of skin cancers. Vitamin D has been found to be an important source for bone growth, cell growth, inflammation reduction and neuromuscular immune function.
Vitamin D has also been proven to improve an individual’s mental health. Providing an uplifting “feel good” factor due to its balance of the neurotransmitter serotonin which has been linked to depression.
It isn’t just the sun rays which have a positive effect on mental health. When the sun is hiding behind the clouds, the natural elements of an outdoor environment also have av ositive effect. The scent of clean cut grass, or flowers like lavender and jasmine have been proven to reduce depression, anxiety and stress levels.
Increased energy levels.
Spending time outside has also been found to increase energy levels in 90% of people. Forget the red bull, inhaling fresh air into the lungs allows individuals to take deeper and longer breathes.
This increases the amount of oxygen being transported around the body, which converts into energy. This in turn can have a positive impact on productivity and creativity amongst individuals.
How we can embrace the outdoors.
There are many ways in which we can embrace the outdoors. An easy way would be to walk more, whether this is to the shops, to work, to school. This simple lifestyle change can make all the difference.
Exercising outdoors rather than at a gym is also reported to be more enjoyable; increasing the likelihood of sticking to those fitness goals (it’s cheaper too!).
There are also many wonderful monuments to tick off the bucket list which provide the opportunity to be out and about. Stonehenge, The Angel of the North, Hadrian’s Wall just to name a few.
So there it goes, grab your coat and your trainers and step outside.
You will feel better for it.