Why is it so good to be outside
John Keats once wrote, “the earth’s poetry will never die.”
Poets or not, almost all of us have been awakened by nature. Regardless of whether they are on the beach at sunset, walking in the cool water, watching the sunset on ridge, even heard the wind blowing in the woods in the morning, outdoors, aware of the beauty of the world, can make you feel full of vigor and vitality. Recently, a lot of research has focused on so-called “natural links” and how it affects our health, our views and our overall lives.
Nature’s healing powers
It seems that just in nature, your body, mind and soul have some advantages. The closer you are to nature, the healthier you will be, according to a 2009 study published in the journal of epidemiology and community health. The study objectively assessed the medical records of 345,143 Dutch people, assessing the health of 24 diseases, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and neurological diseases. The record is then associated with a person’s postal code of 1 kilometer and 3 kilometers of green space. What did the researchers find? People who live within a mile of a park or forest area have less anxiety and depression than those who live far from the green space.
In addition, 15 of the 24 cases of people living in urban environments had higher rates of disease, and anxiety and depression were strongest. It is interesting to note that the health benefits of green space only within a kilometer (not 3 km) can be found, in addition to anxiety disorders, gastrointestinal diseases of the digestive system and other medically unexplained physical symptoms.
Living in a city with no green space? Don’t worry! England and Sweden, other researchers in the study found that, in the trees, natural green trees and landscape environment of the jogger than those in the gym to burn the same calories runners felt more, anxious, angry and depressed less or other urban environment. So even if you drive a few miles to find a little green, it’s worth it!
Why does nature make the body so beautiful?
So how does nature make us healthier? So is it better to exercise outside than at the gym? While there are many theories about why we are healthier in nature, a major assumption is that we’re increasing our intake of vitamin D outside.
We just keep learning about how important vitamin D is to our health, including cancer prevention, hormonal problems, obesity and inflammation, and a strong immune system. Since sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, it seems logical to spend more time outdoors in increasing your vitamin D intake.
In a natural environment can also help improve the quality of your sleep, because studies show that natural sunlight helps to set up the body’s internal clock, tell us when to eat and sleep, and normalize hormones function at a specific time of the day. And we all know that sleep is not only important to our health, but even to our weight loss!
Enjoying the outdoors also allows us to take a break from the technology and the lifestyle we all take for granted. When we’re outside, we have a clearer, more focused mind to hang out with friends, or spend some quiet time alone, even playing with pets. (remember, according to the centers for disease control and prevention, pets can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides levels and loneliness.) When we are outside, we can also learn and enjoy new skills or physical activity. Perhaps most importantly, we have a chance to close – or better, stay – our phones clear our minds and get rid of the stress we all have every day.
How much green is enough?
So how much green time do you need? Not much, said a recent study. According to the American chemical society’s journal of environmental science and technology, just five minutes of exercise in the park, the garden in the back yard work, on the nature trail hiking, even sit in the environment full of plants will be good for your mental health. From researchers of 1252 different age, gender and mental health status of walking, gardening, bike riding, fishing, boating, horse riding and farming analysis found that young people and the greatest health changes have taken place in psychiatric patients, although all ages and social groups. All natural environments are conducive to study participants, including urban parks. But green Spaces and water are particularly beneficial, as are the green and blue environments (imagine the green trees on a bright blue sky).
Interesting ways to get outside
Ready to go out? Here are seven simple ways to enjoy the benefits of nature!
Try gardening. From growing vegetable garden to planting a few flowers, these two activities will allow you to communicate with nature on a regular basis.
Vacation in a beautiful place. For your next scheduled break, visit a country or national park or go to a beautiful beach – no matter what the landscape tells you!
Find a clue. Whether hiking or biking is your speed, there are all over the country for you to explore. Find someone near you at trails.com.
Sit outside. We’re always on the way. Next time you need to take a break, sit quietly outside and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings! As you sit still, watch for the smell, sights and sounds of the moment.
Go to a local park. Ask your neighbors which park is their favorite place to go. Then next time the weather is good, switch to an outdoor gym!
Promise to be outdoors, rainy or sunny. When you are stratified correctly, you can enjoy any season, cold, humid or hot outdoor activities. In rainy or cold months, don’t forget fun and healthy outdoor activities – these are the days when we have less outdoor interaction, but maybe the time we need it most!