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Nature

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.

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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.

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3. Vision! Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.

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4. Intelligence! Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.

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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.

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6. Social well-being! Increased time in nature makes one nicer, enhances social interactions and more.

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7. Self Esteem! Just five minutes of "green exercise" can produce rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem

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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.

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9. Immune Health! Low levels of vitamin D, from being inside too much, have been correlated with a higher risk of respiratory infection.

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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.

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