5 reasons to get outside

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Want to spend more time outside but need some motivation? Search no further.

Whether you live in an urban jungle, a self-supporting hut in the woods or anywhere in between, I’m sure you’ve heard that spending time outside is good for you. Well, you heard correctly. Our planet is a healing, stress-relieving, health-promoting miracle.

But what exactly is it about nature that makes it so important for our health? Let’s take a closer look.

1. Being outside heals

Studies show that spending time in nature lowers blood pressure, releases physical tension and inhibits the production of stress hormones. If that’s not enough to make you drop your phone and head outside, nature also boosts your immune system. Plants (which are obviously abundant in nature) contain compounds called phytoncides which have antibacterial and antifungal properties that strengthen immunity. Not a fan of the great outdoors? Decorate your house with some greenery.

Studies show that spending time in nature lowers blood pressure, releases physical tension and inhibits the production of stress hormones.

2. Being outside makes you happy

Ever heard of vitamin D? This important nutrient aids in combatting symptoms associated with low mood and depression… and you can get it from the sunshine! Your body absorbs the sun’s rays and converts it to vitamin D, so simply spending time outside will provide a pick-me-up. On another note, nature instills a sense of calm, balance and vitality in the mind – and who couldn’t use a little of that?

3. Being outside keeps you active

Typically, being outdoors means participating in some form of exercise. Whether you’re engaging in an intense rugby game or a leisurely stroll, outdoor activities produce endorphins – neurotransmitters in the brain that increase happiness and mental clarity.

4. Being outside improves concentration

Feeling scattered? Take a walk! Our brains are constantly being stimulated by bright screens, synthetic lights and a thousand different tasks at once. Heading outdoors literally gives your brain space, increasing attention span and even alleviating symptoms associated with ADHD.

5. Being outside decreases stress

There’s no denying that nature instills a sense of serenity in us – and there’s actually a scientific reason for this. Being in nature promotes deeper breathing of quality oxygen – better than the stuffy air typically found indoors – which stimulates your body’s parasympathetic nervous system. This releases stress and, ultimately, calms us down. This form of “better” breathing also helps balance your serotonin levels, which regulates mood and emotions, and creates a sense of well-being.

Being in nature promotes deeper breathing of quality oxygen which stimulates your body’s parasympathetic nervous system.

So stop what you're doing and head outside to reap the many benefits nature has to offer! And, hey, why not pick up some garbage while you're out there?