By, Jen Delgado
Here is a list of five good reasons to get outdoors and spend time in nature:
YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS RISE
Vitamin D is a very important supplement that allows many functions in the body to work properly. Sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Limited sun exposure (don’t overdo it), supplemented with vitamin D pills if necessary, it’s a good regiment.
YOU’LL GET MORE EXERCISE
If you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking and doing other things that put the body in motion. We are like zombies with our electronics gadgets. If you have kids, they need to at least get 1 hour or more of exercise a day preferably outside. Bike riding, softball or baseball, soccer, may be swimming and much more. Lead by example by getting involved in outdoor activities with the family instead of spending time on the computer. Kids now a days are extremely involved in video games instead go going a team sport or some type of physical activity.
YOU’LL BE HAPPIER
Light tends to elevate people’s mood, and there’s usually more light available outside than indoors. Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up, so if being outside replaces inactive pursuits with active ones, it might also mean more smiles.
YOUR CONCENTRATION WILL IMPROVE
Children and Adults that have trouble focusing can really benefit from exercising outdoors. I recommend outdoor activities like taking walks around the park or neighborhood, yoga, and meditation as healthy, relaxing ways to get some fresh air. Many adults enjoy the serenity of spending time in nature as a way to escape the stress and craziness of everyday life. Not only can fresh air and natural scenery have a positive impact on adults, outdoor activities for children can also improve the overall quality of kids lives.