Taking care of our health can be a tough task.
We’re constantly reminded to eat healthier, go to the gym, de-stress, turn off our phones and laptops from time-to-time ...... the list goes on. But actually, one of the biggest impacts on our health is the environment.
So the short answer to this is, yes! Being outside does make you healthier!!
Being outdoors is not only super fun, it’s so good for your health – both body and mind. Here are some reasons why Mother Nature has got out backs!
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because your body produces it naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight.
Getting enough vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
So get outside and treat yourself to some vitamin D!
Exposing yourself to sunlight during the day can increase your melatonin production at night.
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by your body in the pineal (pih-knee-uhl) gland. During the day this gland is inactive, but when the sun goes down and darkness occurs, it gets "turned on" and begins to actively produce melatonin, which is released into the blood. As a result, melatonin levels in the blood rise sharply and sleep becomes more inviting.
So THAT’S how you can get a better nights sleep!
So much time behind a screen can take its toll on your eyesight. Spending time outdoors gives your eyes a chance to focus on other things.
We can all learn and develop ideas when exploring new places. It’s been proven through a number of scientific studies. No more writers block here!
Getting out into nature is a great way to reconnect with family and friends and catch up in person. Not only that but it’s a welcome changed to the normal day-to-day routine.
Can’t concentrate at work? Leave your office for a few minutes and go stroll either just down the road or head to a nearby park. Studies show that walking in nature helps restore our focus.
So there you have it, being outside does make you healthier!
Hopefully this blog has given a little insight into the health benefits of being outdoors, and has inspired you to pop your wellies on and take a stroll!
If anyone has any recommendations of places to go we would love to hear them in the comments!
If you’re from Cardiff and don’t know where to go, check out our Walk of the Week series on YouTube. We have a full series on the best local walks in Cardiff. It’s got some awesome history!