Go Outside: 4 Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors exercising can not only help with physical health but can also give a mental health boost. According to American health experts, 3 miles of walking is recommended per day. Primarily, this idea has been supported by cardiologists because walking is the best exercise for working the heart muscle in a low impact way. If walking is also time spent in nature, a person also gets an additional physical and mental boost. There are no risks or side effects for walking, so any person regardless of age and body constitution can exercise by spending some time outdoors.
One of the best ways to spend more time outdoors is to change your habits from driving to walking. You can walk to work, to college, to your friends house or just walk around the park. It is, perhaps, the easiest exercise that requires neither financial costs and trainer supervision nor special skills and equipment. By spending time outdoors and walking, you can strengthen your body with very little effort. Here are additional benefits of going outside:
It is good for your heart. With any physical activity, the heart begins to ‘build momentum’, that is it starts exercising. This training is very useful for the heart muscles, probably the most important muscles of a human body. It is unlikely that by spending time outside your heart will get too much exercise stress, so walking to the office or in nature is absolutely safe.
It is good for your lungs. Fresh air is one of the benefits of being outside in nature. Any workout in the gym or at home is great, or course, but the fresh air you get during the time spent in nature, helps your body to oxygenate the cells. This improves metabolism. There is a special term known as ‘aerotherapy’, a treatment of illness with fresh air. It only highlights the curative benefits of being in nature. If there is a park nearby, try to find some time during the day to walk around, breathe deeply, and relax.
It is good for your nervous system. We all know how spending long days in the office can be irritating. But even a few days spent solely at home can spoil your mood. Do you want the recipe how to improve it? Go outside, take your favorite route through the park, be alone with your thoughts and feelings. By spending time in nature in any season, you can enjoy the beauty of landscapes – soft greenery in spring, a riot of color in summer, noble gold serenity in autumn or snow-white brightness in winter. The benefits of spending time in nature have been confirmed by psychologists. In their opinion, time spent in nature is an excellent antidepressant.
It is good for your appearance. If you want to look fresh and younger, spend more time outdoors! In the air, the body cells get saturated with oxygen, which is carried via blood circulatory system throughout the whole body. A nice slight blush appears on the chicks as a true condition caused by walking. The skin can look healthier, while a person feels rested. Do not forget that metabolism is boosted when you spend time outdoors. Thus a person burns more calories compared to those burnt indoors. Outdoor time is a part of weight loss recommendations for overweight people. An hour walk at a usual pace helps to burn 192 calories. This is equivalent to breaststroke swimming in the pool, skating, horse riding or doing gymnastics. Though not everyone can exercise that way, everyone can spend time outdoors walking.
Now, when you are aware of some benefits of being outdoors, when you know about simple changes you can make to improve your mood and health, what prevents you from spending more time outdoors?