8 Seriously Awesome Health Benefits Of Being Outdoors


As if you needed another reason to want to spend time in the gorgeous outdoors, in this perfect weather—right? After all, you know that amazing feeling of stepping outside, taking a deep breath and feeling the stress just fade away. But it isn’t just stress relief that fresh air can help with, it can actually offer some surprising health benefits, too.

In fact, studies continue to show the whole-body impact that spending time in nature can have, improving everything from energy and concentration to immune health and metabolism. So considering that many of us spend most of our day indoors, hunched over a keyboard, daydreaming about our weekend plans, it seems like time outdoors is just what the doctor ordered.

Here are 8 reasons nature is your health’s best friend:

1.    Happier mood. People who took a 90-minute walk in nature had significantly less activity in a part of their brain that’s linked with depression, according to a study. Not to mention that spending time outside reduces levels of cortisol, the infamous stress hormone.

2.    Healthier weight. In a study, researchers found that people exposed to more daylight—especially in the morning—had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who spent more time indoors. Daylight may impact levels of hormones that play a role in metabolism and weight control.

3.     Lower blood pressure. Spending just 30 minutes outside at least once a week is associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure.

4.    Better workouts. Taking your workouts outdoors can make them feel less intense, so you can push harder for longer. One study found that people not only walked faster outdoors than indoors, but that it also felt easier.

5.    Boosted memory. One recent study found that spending time in nature may actually help to improve working memory.

6.    Improved energy. Long days at the office, running errands and having a non-stop schedule can take a toll. The solution to mental fatigue is a simple one—spending time outdoors boosts energy and inspires feelings of awe.

7.    Lower levels of inflammation. Two different studies have found that spending time out in nature may play a role in reducing inflammation.

8.    Enhanced concentration (and creativity). This is a great benefit to keep in mind the next time you hit your afternoon slump, or need help convincing your boss to have an outdoor meeting. Several studies have found that time outdoors can help to restore concentration and attention, as well as support creative problem solving.

The great outdoors + you = great health. Having your best spring yet may be easier than you thought. It’s as simple as prioritizing your health by working with your primary care provider, which will leave you feeling energized, refreshed and rejuvenated. 

With personable providers, convenient locations and a wide array of comprehensive services, Gwinnett Medical Group offers personalized care for all of your spring health needs. By making an appointment with a primary care provider, you will receive the care you need to enjoy spring to its fullest.

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