Health Through Outdoor Movement

March 29, 2019

It’s no question being outside is beneficial for our health.  Getting fresh air, moving our body in nature, witnessing the beauty in our natural world.  Unfortunately, in today’s society, we spend most of our time indoors.  Many are becoming aware of how detrimental all this time indoors is to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.  

So why exactly is getting outdoors daily so important?

Below are a few benefits and reasons why being in nature is so vital to our overall health.

Health Through Outdoor Movement

Stress Reliever

Several studies have shown that being in the forest and out in nature can lower levels of cortisol in our bodies, a hormone which leads to elevated stress. So getting out in nature can act as a natural stress reliever.

Increased Concentration

Spending hours in the office at work can lead to decreased motivation, focus, and concentration.  Going outdoors for a walk mid-day to get some fresh air can serve as a powerful tool in treating lack of concentration in the office and has been found to be more effective for increased focus than coffee or another stimulant.

Improved Mental Health

Feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness and just generally being in a bad mood have been shown to decrease with a simple walk outside.  The combination of exercise and green spaces has been shown to significantly improves one’s mental health.

Better Physical Health

Moving our bodies in nature will increase our physical wellbeing as we engage in various forms of exercise.  A walk around the neighbourhood, biking to work, a morning jog, going for a hike on the weekend.  All of these activities are not only benefitting our mind but also improve our cardiovascular health and physical wellbeing.

Getting out into nature, moving our bodies, enjoying the fresh air and being grateful for Mother Nature has incredible benefits to our overall wellbeing. So take some time today whether it’s during your break at work, waking up earlier or spending the evening outside, go enjoy all the wonderful benefits nature has to offer, you will be glad you did!

 

About the Author

Kara Folkerts

Vegetarian and Plant-Based Nutrition Sports and Plant Based Nutrition Holistic Health and Wellness

Calgary

traveller. joyful being. adventurer. run. bike. hike. yoga. always playing outside. nature lover. plant powered. green living.

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