Happy Holidays, and watch out for falling people!
Enjoy the cold weather everybody! Enjoy the beautiful scenery. Winter is officially here and its time for the cold. Maybe we can get a little snow for the holiday season.
People don’t normally go outside anymore. Everyone is too distracted on devices to even think about stepping foot outside but there are many many benefits to going out into nature. Going out can be more fun than you realize. Here are five reasons to go outside to get exercise.
It Helps You Get Exercise
Walking outside makes you more likely to exercise especially of you are kid. Just stepping outside and walking can help you get the exercise you need. You can even do the exercises you need to do at a local park with an incline of some sort, pull up bar, and a set of steps. the uneven ground and instabilities of the setting or even the weather can help burn more calories.
It Can Reduce Feelings of Anxiety
Simple pictures of nature or even a plant in a room helps reduce feelings of anger, anxiety, and stress, so imagine what going out into nature can do for you. Exercise benefits positive emotions and reduces negative ones, which means excising outside can greatly impact your mood and mindset. Sunlight can also keep your serotonin levels up. This helps raise your energy and keeps you calm, positive and focused.
It Can Help You Feel Better About Yourself
As little as 5 minutes of outdoor activity can help improve your self-esteem. This is especially true if you’re near water or green space. And it’s not high-intensity exercise that does it best. More relaxed activity like a walk, bike ride, or work in the garden seems to work even better.
It Can Improve Immunity to Illness
Better vitamin D production because of more sunlight is already good for your immune system. But the outdoors seems to help in other ways. Many plants put substances, including organic compounds called phytoncides, into the air that seem to boost immune function. Sunlight also seems to energize special cells in your immune system called T cells that help fight infection.
You Can Get More Vitamin D
It’s important for your bones, blood cells, and immune system. It also helps your body absorb more of certain minerals, like calcium and phosphorus. Your body needs sunlight to make it, but you don’t need much. In the summer, just getting sun for 5 to 15 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week, should do it. In the winter, you might need a bit more.