10 Facts About Being Outside That Will Make You Want to Take a Walk
Wake up and smell the nature!
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1. Sunlight! Sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.
2. Concentration! Children and adults find it easier to concentrate and pay attention after spending time in nature. A Swedish study of day cares found that children in day cares with a natural play area were able to concentrate better than those in a more urban setting.
3. Vision! Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.
4. Intelligence! Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
5. Stress! Stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Walks in the forest have can lead to 12.4% decrease in the stress hormone cortisol and 5.8% decrease in heart rate.
6. Social well-being! Increased time in nature makes one nicer, enhances social interactions and more.
7. Self Esteem! Just five minutes of "green exercise" can produce rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem
8. Mental and Physical Exercise! When you exercise outdoors, your mind becomes aware of the changing terrain. Whether you use the hills, the sand on a beach, or a winding path, your mind has to focus differently than it would on a flat gym floor.
9. Immune Health! Low levels of vitamin D, from being inside too much, have been correlated with a higher risk of respiratory infection.
10. Weight loss! Not only are the outdoors great for making exercise feel easier and often more enjoyable, but some outdoor elements -- like those mountains -- directly contribute to weight loss.