Why You Need To Spend Time Outdoors

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Why You Need To Spend Time Outdoors

Written by: Brandi Monasco

I grew up in the country down a dirt road that had plenty of pastures to play in and plenty of woods to explore. During our summer breaks, my cousins and I would venture off into the woods on the family land to see what fun stuff we could find. Little did we know that we were not only making memories, but we were also doing amazing things for our health. Even today, when I venture out into nature, I return home feeling refreshed and amazing.

There’s a reason why you hear that many kids today need to be outside rather than indoors playing on their XBox or watching TV all day and that is because being in nature provides so many benefits for your health.

Being In Nature Relieves Stress

The best and perhaps the most significant benefit of being in nature is its ability to help relieve stress. When you are in nature, there is a major decrease in the level of stress hormones that are in your body, compared with those who prefer to stay inside. Relieving stress also means that your blood pressure and heart rate decreases.

Replenishes Mental Energy

Constant stress not only overworks your body, but also your brain. Mental fatigue is common in people who hardly get a break and who rarely venture outside. Your brain needs to relax just like your physical body. Nature helps your mind to relax. Even looking at nature is healing for your mind. Imagine how beneficial and relaxing it would be to actually go there. By giving you a calm surrounding with peaceful elements around you, nature is the perfect environment to restore your mental energy to the maximum.

Improves Memory

Being in nature can help increase your short term memory. Short-term memory plays an important role in our lives and improving it by simply taking a little walk in nature is a great plus. At the same time, stepping out of the same surroundings into the vast wilderness helps you improve focus and build your concentration also. This will increase your cognitive levels, helping you to remember things and ultimately help improve your long-term memory.

Boosts Immune System

Spending time among nature helps build your immune system. While it is unclear why being in nature can help increase your immunity, it is assumed that spending time outside helps stimulate protective proteins in your body. These work to build your immune system as a protective barrier against invaders. It also provides anticancer properties,  which helps prevent cancer before it even starts.

Not only are these great for your general health, but they are beneficial for your mind also. If you ever have the opportunity to take a walk in nature, do it. You will see how refreshed you feel when you return!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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