With spring upon us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, blue sky and spring flowers. It’s important to spend a little time outside every day as the fresh air and vitamin D will have many positive health benefits on your body and mind. Here are a few examples!
Improved short-term memory
Findings from numerous studies have shown that people who walk outside, rather than inside on a treadmill, experience an improved short-term memory immediately after their walk! Walks in nature calm and focus the mind and improve your memory for the day ahead!
Similarly, being outside in a natural environment can help to restore the mind and improve concentration! Not only does it reduce mind jitteriness, it also improves your ability to focus on a specific task!
Restore mental energy
Walking outside is a fantastic way to restore your mental energy. Often, when we are felling tired and sluggish it is our mind not our body that is feeling sleepy. A brisk walk in the cool, fresh air can help fight mental fatigue.
Heading outside can also help reduce stress. Enjoy nature for an hour twice a week to help lower cortisol, a stress hormone. Walking outside also lowers heart rate and slows down the breathing – all signs of good relaxation!
Walking in fresh air and getting plenty of vitamin D can help reduce inflammation. Reducing your inflammation levels will mean more flexible joins and even a healthier immune system.
As well as improving your mental and physical state, walking briskly outside can improve creativity! Spending a whole day outdoors can improve your creativity by 50%!
Improve mental health
Nature can decrease anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Combining nature with exercise (which also reduces stress) creates a fantastic mental-health boosting duo!
Many research studies have shown a strong correlation between access to nature and longer, healthier lives. Some demonstrate that a wide variety of diseases are less prevalent in individuals who live in close proximity to green spaces.
Getting outdoors has so many benefits to both your body and mind. So this spring put on your sunglasses and hat and take your exercise, reading and relaxation outdoors!