Why You Need to Spend More Time Outdoors

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Why You Need to Spend More Time Outdoors
Why You Need to Spend More Time Outdoors

We spend the majority of our days in our homes or cooped up in our places of work. What we all really need is a good dose of the great outdoors. Going outside doesn’t have to be about gardening or hiking or anything you don’t enjoy, either. It’s about improving your health.

Your Mood Will Thank You

Researchers from the University of Michigan, found that short walks outside can do quite a bit to alleviate stress and reduce feelings of depression. Taking some time outside adds a change of pace to your day and the change in environment makes you feel more flexible and versatile. A short walk outside, breathing in the fresh air, will perk up any day.

Vitamin D is Good for You

Scientists estimate that 85% of US citizens are vitamin D deficient. This is especially true in individuals who are avid about wearing sunscreen and those who generally don’t spend much time outside. Vitamin D strengthens your immune system and help you fight colds, flus, infections, and chronic diseases. Try to get 10-15 minutes of exposure without sunscreen and then slather it on to protect your skin.

Strengthen Your Eyes

Your time in front of the computer or television is doing your eyes no favors at all. Some studies have shown that children who spend more time inside are more likely to be nearsighted. Getting away from the computer screen will also allow your eyes to focus on distances and relax the surrounding muscles. You’ll also find you are less likely to struggle with dry eye syndrome.

There are dozens of reasons to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Get out there, soak up some sunshine, and then come back and tell us how you feel!