Proof that being Outside is AWESOME for Your Health!
And being out in that beautiful sunshine has been shown to have many health benefits.
Whether you enjoy golfing, horseback riding, hiking, running, football, soccer, etc. there are health benefits you’re receiving while being in the great outdoors.
Here are five things that prove being outside is awesome for your health!
1) When you’re outside, your level of Vitamin D increases.
The process of creating and activating vitamin D begins once the sunlight hits your skin. If your body has an insufficient amount of vitamin D it can affect your bones.
This is because vitamin D increases calcium absorbed by your body which helps bone growth. So without the needed amount of vitamin D, bones can become brittle or thin.
Also, there are studies showing vitamin D can help fight many conditions such as depression, cancer, suppressed immune system, inflammation, and conditions that affect the bone.
2) Regular outdoor activity may increase concentration.
It’s been shown that people with ADHD find it easier to focus after spending time outdoors.
Vitamin D has also been shown to increase information-processing speed. A study was done by scientists in England at the University of Manchester. This study was done with over 3,100 men from 8 different countries across Europe, all ranging from 40-79 years old.
The scientists looked at the correlation between cognitive performance and levels of vitamin D. When the study was over, the results showed that people with lower levels of vitamin D exhibited slower information-processing speed.
3) Serotonin levels are increased.
From Progressive Health, “Serotonin exerts its major effects on the parts of the brain responsible for controlling mood, appetite, sexual desire and performance, sleep, memory, learning, social interactions and temperature regulation.However, outside the brain, serotonin also affects the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system and muscles. It has even been found to contribute to the regulation of milk production in the breast.”
In addition to sunlight, exercise can boost serotonin levels in the brain. Dancing, jogging, walking, yard work, etc. are good ways to not only be out in the sun, but also get some exercise. Both of which provide good ways to increase your levels of serotonin.
4) Prevent Cancer.
While it’s true excessive amounts of sunlight can lead to skin cancer, having a moderate amount of sun exposure has been shown to prevent cancer. The production of vitamin D is a contributor for this. But how much is moderate?
According to the World Health Organization, 5-15 minutes with your hands, arms, and face exposed to the sun 2-3 times per week is sufficient in keeping your levels of vitamin D high. For someone living close to the equator even shorter periods of exposure are acceptable to obtain the same results because UV levels are greater.
But for vitamin D to be produced your skin needs to be exposed to the sun, wearing clothing over the skin or using sunscreen will inhibit the production of this necessary vitamin.
For more information on the sun’s ability to prevent and fight cancer, read my post: Can the Sun Prevent and Fight Cancer?
5) Increase of endorphins.
When you exercise, especially outside, endorphins are released. Endorphins are chemicals in the body that are produced with intense exercise as well as emotional stress or pain.
These chemicals help to decrease feelings of pain and increase positive feelings. Endorphins are often referred to as your body’s ‘natural painkillers’.
Exercising outside for 30-45 minutes is best when trying to produce endorphins.
As if getting endorphins from exercising outside wasn’t awesome enough, check out the Fitbit Charge HR, it’s perfect for someone with an active lifestyle!
I ran across it on Amazon and it’s a best seller which makes sense because it has a ton of great benefits. Click on the link above or this picture to see how it can help you.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger and better, another bestseller on Amazon is the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch. It’s made by the same company but is larger than the Fitbit Charge HR.
In addition to all the perks included in the Charge, the Surge includes music control, the ability to see call and text notifications, and has GPS tracking. It comes in two colors: black and tangerine. If it sounds like something that would benefit you, check it out here: