Why you should live an outdoor lifestyle
There are several reasons to spend more time outdoors – here, we’ve listed twelve of the most important.
A lot of people experience chronic stress. But research shows that being in nature leads to lower cortisol levels in comparison to staying in a city or other busy area. Even if you can’t get out into nature, simply looking at natural scenes from your window can lower stress levels.
Sometimes, you might feel so exhausted after a busy day at work that you just want to go to bed or lay down on the sofa. However, to fill yourself with energy again, try getting out into nature. Restorative environments can function as an instant ‘medicine’.
Natural ‘medicine’ against depression and anxiety
If you experience depression or anxiety, being in nature can help. And combining being in nature with exercising – such as walking, cycling or running – boosts the positive effect. Interesting fact: if there is water around, the benefits are even stronger.
Stronger immune system
It has been shown that spending time outside, particularly in forest areas has positive effects on the immune system. One finding is that being in nature increases the rate of creation of white blood cells. And the more white blood cells flow through your body, the better your resistance is.
Lower blood pressure
We’re not done with the health benefits yet! Being outside and combining this with exercising like nordic walking or cycling lowers blood pressure.
Improved short-term memory
According to studies, outdoor walks in nature have a positive effect on short-term memory. One theory is that walking in nature is calming, which allows the mind to relax and process information more efficiently.
In line with the aforementioned advantage, spending time in an outdoor environment has the benefit of enabling us to focus better. Research shows that children with ADHD can concentrate better as a consequence of being in nature more often.
Improved eye health
According to a variety of studies involving children, being outdoors has a protective effect on the eyes and can reduce the incidence of myopia (short-sightedness).
According to various studies, being outside contributes to creativity. This could be because we tend to think in a more problem-solving way. For a creative boost, even a short walk or bike ride in nature is enough.
Did you know that being active in nature leads towards a better diet and a healthier lifestyle? People who are active generally look for food options that provide them with the best possible nutrition to take good care of themselves. A win-win.
More exposure to daylight
Daylight is key for happiness and health. With enough of it, you’ll sleep better and produce plenty of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy development. So try to go outside during the day as much as possible.
Improved mood happy
Studies show that people are happier when they are in nature and green places than when around built-up urban areas. Extra tip: being on the coast or in grasslands makes you feel even happier!