5 SURPRISING WAYS THE OUTDOORS MAKE YOU HEALTHIER
Scientists are discovering a powerful health and wellness tool: getting outside. Turns out Walden and your dad were right. Being out in nature is good for everyone – young or old.
1 – TIME IN NATURE IS SHOWN TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF STRESS.
America has the park service. Japan has long supported “forest bathing” as part of public health. helping people get out to “be with trees” and has quantified its effects. Studies showed 30 minutes in the woods resulted in:
- Lower concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol
- Lower blood pressure and pulse rate
- Lower sympathetic nerve activity – aka “Fight or Flight” which is related to cardiac issues.
Stressed? (Who isn’t?) Time in nature is worth a try.
2 – IT’S SHOWN TO INCREASE THE BODY’S IMMUNITY
The body has natural defenses for most illnesses, including cancer. From 2004 and 2012, a $4 million study at through the Nippon Medical School found the body’s own cancer-fighting cells (called NK cells) were boosted by time in nature.
Subjects showed major increases in NK cell activity even one week after time in the woods, with positive effects still measurable for a whole month.
The same researcher found hiking twice a day for three days (like a long weekend) resulted in 40% higher white blood cells—and they were still 15% higher after a month.
No matter how good your health is, stronger immunity is a positive. And a little hiking may do more than you thought possible.
3 – IT LIKELY BOOSTS MOOD & REDUCES FRETTING
Those times we can’t stop thinking about what’s wrong are clinically deemed “morbid rumination” instead of dwelling or obsessing. Not surprisingly, it’s linked to depression and anxiety.
A Stanford researcher has studied the effects of walking through green, leafy areas on mood and psychology. Subjects reported less stressful thinking and their brain activity showed less blood flow to those areas.
Feel better, free your mind – go outside.
4 – MAY HELP KIDS WITH ADHD
ADHD is the second most popular diagnosis in our kids, right behind asthma.
A study with children diagnosed with ADHD showed that doing activities like reading or playing sports in green areas was more beneficial than doing the same activities in other areas. Parents and researchers saw greater focus and concentration in kids.
Being outside and allowed to run, play, breathe fresh air and just be kids is healthy for any kid. Parents appreciate it, too!
5 – COULD IT BE A NEW WAY TO WEIGHT CONTROL?
Looking to lose a little weight? Get outside where it is cool and sunny. The body has a type of fat called BAT (brown adipose tissue) that helps burn more calories. Researchers in England found time in cooler temperatures and sunlight helped boost the BAT reaction, helping dieters lose weight.
MOST OF US DON’T NEED STUDIES TO FEEL HEALTHIER AFTER TIME OUTSIDE.
A wonderful way to get more nature in your life is to go camping. A great way to ease in and enjoy the benefits of the outdoors is with an RV. From one-with-nature popups to luxury homes on wheels, it doesn’t matter how you get there or how you stay there—just that you get out there.
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