The Other Health Benefits of Heading Outdoors

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Tools For Wellness

In this day and age, we’re seeing more and more people who are staying indoors instead of being outside enjoying the warm summer weather. Don’t they know how beneficial spending time outdoors is for your health? Here are some of the healthy benefits you’re missing out on:

  • Spending time in nature increases a person?’s creativity, curiosity, and their ability to solve problems.

  • Lacking energy? Having trouble concentrating? Spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to improve mental well being. Your brain needs at least 20 percent of your body’s oxygen, which helps your think more clearly and improves your energy level.

  • You’ll feel your stress level fall within minutes of being outside.

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  • Fresh air is good for a person’s digestive system. It helps you digest food more quickly, which is an important factor in weight loss. 

  • Exposure to sunlight provides you body with vitamin D, which makes your bones strong and healthy.

  • Studies have shown that walking and exercising outside can make you happier than exercising indoors.

It’s even been proven that having a window view of nature at work can improve job satisfaction and concentration, while lowering mental fatigue and stress levels. What are you waiting for? Get up, head outside, and start reaping the benefits of sunlight, nature, and fresh air!