Get Outside Every Day. Here’s Why.

Itís easy to get holed up in our dens of technology, but stepping outside, nature or not, is the best thing for you in oh so many ways. Whether your suffering from frequent colds or you are†simply†in a creativity rut, the outdoors may be just the fix youíre looking for.

Ditch your stress. Time spent outside, specifically time spent immersed in nature, can bathe you in meditative relaxation. In Japan, it is known as forest bathing, but you donít need to get deep into a forest to reap benefits. Just stepping into a park can confer immediate effects. In fact, those who spend more time outside experience†lower blood pressure and a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol. If youíve noticed a new crop of gray hairs emerge along your hairline, maybe itís time to get yourself a little more fresh air.

Reboot your brain. After some time spent outside, youíll feel more productive, more focused and may even experience an improvement in your memory. Being outside†can especially rekindle the spark of creativity that has dissipated from your daily routine. Above all else, those who spend more time outdoors also experience lower incidences of depression. Think of the outdoors†as a soothing balm for your brain. Get as much of it as you can.

Get more physically fit. This is a simple equation, really. You can either be sitting indoors or you can be galavanting outdoors. One takes years off of your life. The other adds quality to your life. Youíll use your muscles more, youíll smile more, youíll push yourself harder when you get outside. Addicted to your gym membership? Consider the outdoors a free gym membership that you shouldnít squander.

Reset your eyes. If your job entails you stare at a screen under flickering florescent lights for 8 hours a day, you need to get outside more. The natural light of the outdoors relieves the eyes from the strain of screens and artificial lighting. For children especially, spending more time outdoors may decrease the risk of†development of nearsightedness. Keep your eyes healthy by taking a gander outside on the regular.

Become superhuman! Okay, so maybe you wonít suddenly be able to fly, but getting outside on a regular basis seriously jolts your immune system. According to studies, people who spend more time outside have a significantly higher immune function, including an increase in natural killer cells, than those who spend their days indoors. Natural killer cells are powerful agents in the prevention of†tumors forming in the body, so the importance of getting out into nature cannot be overstated. Even if youíve found yourself simply succumbing to†colds more frequently, maybe more outdoors time is just what the doctor ordered.

Load up on sunshine. Going outside into the sunshine allows your body to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D, if you havenít heard it enough, is crazy important for your health. It helps to stave off depression, strengthen bones and can decrease your risk of heart disease. Getting ten minutes of direct sunlight on your bare skin each day allows your body to produce around 10,000 IU, which is more than ample. Check out my recent post on vitamin D for more information on the safest ways to get it.

Reconnect with your roots. If youíre looking to get more in touch with yourself and with your natural surroundings, just get outside. If you spend enough time in nature, you will begin to sense subtle shifts in your environment. Youíll notice fluctuations in your energy. Youíll become more open and calm when you feel how incredibly vast the outside world is. In a way, spending more time outside puts you more in tune with our surrounding world. Nothing is wrong with a little perspective now and then.

According to an analysis published in the Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, Americans spend only 8 percent of their time outdoors! Donít be a statistic. Itís time to live your life to the fullest and get outside.

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498 comments

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing

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Christine J
Christine Jabout a year ago

Please fix obvious error "Whether your suffering". Otherwise, a very useful article. I love the term "forest bathing"; it sounds so peaceful.

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Elisa F
Elisa Fabout a year ago

I DO & I LOVE IT :) thanks for sharing!

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Nancy Black
Nancy Black2 years ago

No doubt being outside is helpful. It helps one to connect with nature, other people, animals and is useful for exercising. When I go outside on a beautiful day, "I think God's in his heaven and all is right with the world. I am a firm believer in smell the roses, and there is no better place than outside.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Dorothy Chamberlain

Thanks for sharing.

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Jayesh S.
Jayesh S2 years ago

I love outdoor activity. Thanks for sharing!

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Treasure our nature to love ourselves

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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joanne p.
joanne p2 years ago

ty

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