The days are getting noticeably shorter. “Quitting time” arrives and many are forced to drive home in the dark. Now more than ever, it is important to go outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Being outside has many health benefits and a view like the one below might give you the nudge to go outside, even as the sunlight is drifting away.
Why Go Outside?
1. Being outdoors boosts your energy.
Craving another cup of coffee? Skip the caffeine and sit outside instead. One study suggests that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost comparable to one cup of coffee. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe energy.
2. The outdoors is good for your vision.
Research shows that elementary school students who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop nearsightedness. But down that iPad and go get some fresh air! Also, they’re bound to sleep better once their head hits the pillow if they’ve spent adequate time in the great outdoors.
3. The outdoors boosts your immune system.
Scientists think that breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants—increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases. That’s more important now than it has ever been.
4. The outdoors provides you with free aromatherapy.
According to science, you really should stop and smell the flowers. Research shows that natural scents like roses, freshly cut grass, and pine make you feel calmer and more relaxed. Bath & Body works may have a soap called “Fresh Sparkling Snow” but getting outside in the actual white fluffy stuff is much better for your well-being!
5. The outdoors enhances creativity.
Do you have a writing project, church assignment or community obligation that requires your creative ideas? Getting outside gets your mind flowing and you’re bound to find new views and interesting objects all around you. Change your perspective on a walk.
6. The outdoors helps with seasonal affective disorder.
In the winter, shorter days and lower light levels can trigger seasonal affective disorder, or sad—a reoccurring condition that’s marked by symptoms of anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness. Doctors say spending time outside can lessen sad’s severity—even if the weather’s cold or overcast.
7. Being outdoors gives you your daily dose of vitamin d.
Vitamin d is essential for a well-functioning body. It helps us absorb calcium, it prevents osteoporosis, and it reduces inflammation, among other things. Although vitamin d is present in some foods we get more than 90-percent of our vitamin d from casual exposure to sunlight.
Interview one of our many employees about their role at Harvest Land and they will tell you that being outside is one of their favorite parts of their personal role within the cooperative. Operating equipment, visiting with farmers at the farm gate and delivering product are all ways our employees keep that fresh air flowing.
Now, quit reading this an go outside!