Outdoor Activities – Reasons to Indulge In

Most of us live a fast-paced, technology-packed lifestyle, between work and commute taking care of kids, cooking, cleaning, connection on social media, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors. Unfortunately, all this time being indoors have a negative effect on our health and well being. So being outdoors is the best we can do, outdoor recreation provides us with energy so that when we return back we can work with a clear mind and increase efficiency.

Here are few more reasons to be outdoors.

Relieves Stress

You must have experienced this, when you are stressed out at work or home, a quick walk outside can do wonders. Add a few trees to the mix and you will feel even better. Walking through a trail in forest reduces levels of stress hormone in the blood and helps in decreasing stress and anxiety. It also helps in reduction of blood pressure and heart rate as well as fatigue and improves your mood.

Best way to get vitamin D

Many of us have vitamin D deficiency which is probably we are spending so much time indoors and not getting the adequate amount of sunlight to synthesise Vitamin D and the foods we eat do not contain enough to satisfy optimal requirements. This low level of vitamin D increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, pregnancy complications and Alzheimer’s disease. So, just try to get at least 15 min. of direct sun exposure.

Improves attention and memory

Having a hard time concentrating? Get outside for a few minutes. Just a little fresh air and sunshine can help increase your attention. Doses of nature serve as a safe, inexpensive, widely accessible tool for managing ADHD symptoms. Interacting with nature, such as walking in the park, helps improve memory and attention, no matter what the season.

The above-mentioned are few reasons to get outdoors more often.