Going Outdoors is Good Exercise
As it turns out, as little as 15-30 minutes per week lowers our risk of developing dementia, boosts our immune system, raises our metabolic rate (think burning more calories faster), builds our bones, and is the only way to get circulation to cartilage in our joints.
Going Outdoors Sharpens Our Mental Capabilities
It's still unclear exactly why nature is more effective than a stint in the gym or in front of the TV on a treadmill, but some theories are the fresh air, the natural lighting, and creating a sense of oneness between you and the universe.
Whatever the reason, nature obviously has something we need to be our best mentally.
Going Outdoors Enhances Our Creativity
Studies show that getting outdoors and seeing the colors, hearing the sounds, and feeling the breezes actually boosts our creativity.
Going Outdoors Helps Us Heal Faster
If this is true of serious injuries, such as a broken leg, it might also be helpful for sprained ankles and other less serious injuries.
Going Outdoors Can Lessen Depression
Going Outdoors Can Help Us Through Grief
Some people even report they feel closer to the one they've lost after spending some time outdoors. The birds and the bees might actually be the best grief counselors around.
Many of the best psychics and therapists recommend spending time in nature for their clients who struggle with emotional distress.
If you live in a large city where time with nature is hard to come by, schedule some time during the week to get beyond the city and enjoy a nearby farm, nature trail, or a park in the suburbs. Your soul will thank you for it.
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