10 Reasons to spend more time in the sunshine and nature
Did you know that spending too much time indoors is bad for you? Yes, it’s not just a myth made up by parents who want their kids out from under their feet for a while. Spending time in the sunshine and getting a bit closer to nature is good for your physical health and your mental well-being too. So, put on your hat, coat and boots and get outside into that fresh air, because here are ten reasons why you shouldn’t sit indoors all day long:
1. You will be happier. It’s a fact!
In a Canadian study that was carried out in 2013, 10,000 people were challenged to spend 30 minutes every day out in the natural world. The study found that participants reported a marked improvement in their sense of well-being, they slept better at night and they were more productive at work.
2. It inspires creativity
Another study found that getting out into the country also actually increases people’s creativity. Researchers found that, people who had been hiking scored 50% higher in creativity tests, than those who had not. It’s thought that just getting away from the stresses and strains of daily life for a while leaves us with more mental resources for creative thought.
3. You need the vitamin D
Getting out in the sun boosts the Vitamin D in your body, which we need to maintain a healthy nervous system, strong bones and an effective immune system.
4 You will be less likely to suffer from depression
People who never get to see green spaces are far more likely to suffer from depression. A study that was published in 2009 found that people who live more than a kilometre away from open spaces, like parks or woodlands, were far more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
5. You will sleep better
Getting some exercise outdoors will also help you sleep much better. It has been proven that, people who get out more, burn off excess energy and sleep for longer and more soundly than people who stay in all the time.
6. It boosts your immunity
Exposure to plants and wild animals has been proven to boost the human immune system. People who work outdoors or spend a lot of time in parks and forests have much stronger immune systems, than those who don’t.
7. It increases the amount of oxygen in your blood
When you breathe in the fresh air, it increases the amount of oxygen in your blood and improves your circulation. This will give you more energy it will clear your mind.
8. It gives your eyes a break
More and more people need glasses, because they spend too much time looking at computer screens and watching the TV. When you go out in the country, you can focus your eyes on larger objects, such as landscapes or the trees and this helps to reduce nearsightedness.
9. It improves your memory
Take a break in the world of nature and it will improve your cognitive functioning and your memory. A study conducted by the University of Michigan proved it! Researchers found that after a walk through an arboretum, subject’s performance in memory tests improved by an impressive 20%.
10. It keeps you fit and, it is fun!
Who wants to spend all their time indoors anyway? Get out and enjoy yourself in the fresh air of the natural world. It’s much more fun than sitting indoors and, you’ll get some exercise too. What’s more, it’s free!