5 Reasons to Go Outside More

When you picture your happy place, do you picture yourself hunched over your laptop answering emails? We didn’t think so. But too many people spend their days working at their desks instead of going outside and being in nature. Even if you’re not the camping type, spending time at your local park is beneficial to your mental and physical health. Taking a leisurely walk may be the last thing on your mind when your to-do list is a mile long, but trust us: it’s definitely worth it.

1. You might have a vitamin D deficiency. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Since the most effective way to get Vitamin D is from the sun, you’re probably deficient if you spend all your time inside. Your body can’t absorb calcium without this nutrient so it’s an important one to remember. You can add a supplement, of course. But you could also take a walk and enjoy the sunshine. Just don’t forget to put your sunscreen on!

2. A sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy. 

Unfortunately, standing desks are not the norm in most offices. That means most people spend 40+ hours a week sitting down to work and eat and relax, which is actually quite unhealthy. A life without physical activity is inherently bad for your body, whether you’re working on your quarterly reports or on a Netflix binge. Leading a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity.  Health experts recommend that people walk 10,000 steps or 5 miles day, but unfortunately most people never hit that number.

A simple way to combat this is by increasing your time outdoors. Try to take a walk during your lunch break or if you can, start biking or walking to work. Spending time outside will increase your physical activity which will improve your health, and that is always a good thing.

3. Going outside relieves stress. 

Researchers are still unclear on why this is true, but something about being outside calms us down. Especially if you’re stress is work related! Taking a break to head outside for 5 minutes can be a lifesaver.

Fresh air can give you peace of mind like nothing else out there. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find people who are stressed out when they can listen to the waves crashing on a sandy beach. Studies have shown that being outside can actually lower your blood pressure. Keep that in mind the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.

4. Going outside can make you more creative. 

While science hasn’t found a direct link between creativity and spending time outdoors, there’s definitely a correlation. A study found that people who spent 4 days in the great outdoors had increased their creative problem-solving skills by 50% compared to those who hadn’t.

5.  Going outside improves your focus. 

The less time we spend in front of screens the better. Unfortunately staring at your phone, computer, or tablet is an unavoidable feature of modern life. But did you know spending time outside – and away from your distractions – can actually help you improve your focus? So stop multitasking and spend some time sitting on a park bench relaxing.

Need more convincing? Check out our list of the health benefits of summer

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

Photo Credit: Jordi Chueca via Compfight cc

When you picture your happy place, do you picture yourself hunched over your laptop answering emails? We didn’t think so. But too many people spend their days working at their desks instead of going outside and being in nature. Even if you’re not the camping type, spending time at your local park is beneficial to your mental and physical health. Taking a leisurely walk may be the last thing on your mind when your to-do list is a mile long, but trust us: it’s definitely worth it.

1. You might have a vitamin D deficiency. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Since the most effective way to get Vitamin D is from the sun, you’re probably deficient if you spend all your time inside. Your body can’t absorb calcium without this nutrient so it’s an important one to remember. You can add a supplement, of course. But you could also take a walk and enjoy the sunshine. Just don’t forget to put your sunscreen on!

2. A sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy. 

Unfortunately, standing desks are not the norm in most offices. That means most people spend 40+ hours a week sitting down to work and eat and relax, which is actually quite unhealthy. A life without physical activity is inherently bad for your body, whether you’re working on your quarterly reports or on a Netflix binge. Leading a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity.  Health experts recommend that people walk 10,000 steps or 5 miles day, but unfortunately most people never hit that number.

A simple way to combat this is by increasing your time outdoors. Try to take a walk during your lunch break or if you can, start biking or walking to work. Spending time outside will increase your physical activity which will improve your health, and that is always a good thing.

3. Going outside relieves stress. 

Researchers are still unclear on why this is true, but something about being outside calms us down. Especially if you’re stress is work related! Taking a break to head outside for 5 minutes can be a lifesaver.

Fresh air can give you peace of mind like nothing else out there. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find people who are stressed out when they can listen to the waves crashing on a sandy beach. Studies have shown that being outside can actually lower your blood pressure. Keep that in mind the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.

4. Going outside can make you more creative. 

While science hasn’t found a direct link between creativity and spending time outdoors, there’s definitely a correlation. A study found that people who spent 4 days in the great outdoors had increased their creative problem-solving skills by 50% compared to those who hadn’t.

5.  Going outside improves your focus. 

The less time we spend in front of screens the better. Unfortunately staring at your phone, computer, or tablet is an unavoidable feature of modern life. But did you know spending time outside – and away from your distractions – can actually help you improve your focus? So stop multitasking and spend some time sitting on a park bench relaxing.

Need more convincing? Check out our list of the health benefits of summer

Written by Roselyn Sebastian 

Photo Credit: Jordi Chueca via Compfight cc

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