Nature Itself is the Best Physician

13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors

When you go on vacation with kids or other family or friends, someone in the car, on the plane or on the train will say “Are we there yet?”  There’s some frustration built into the question, especially if it’s from a younger member of your family.  However, it’s good for the mind, body and soul to take some time to “unplug” from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Even if all you can manage is a 20 minute walk during lunch or a break, activity and exercise has great health benefits.

So, if you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier!   Consider just a few of 13 Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors as noted by Julie Singh, co-founder of  Trip Outside, a site noted for biking, climbing, camping, water and winter sports adventures and destinations.

A Few Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors  5 baby birds sitting on a limb with beaks open

  • Boost Life Satisfaction
  • Sunshine Boosts Vitamin D Levels
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improve Sleep
  • Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Meet New Friends

So, the next time you’re feeling blue, think about calling a friend and taking a walk in your neighborhood or at a local park or green-way.  Look up the Japanese practice of “forest bathing“.  Even if you live among the tall buildings, carve out some “green time”.  Studies suggest about 2 hours a week or about 20 minutes a day is enough to boost your mood and get your day off to a better start.  Don’t forget to check the weather before you go, take plenty of water and snacks or food, for extended trips and let friends and family know where you will be in case of emergency.

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