The great outdoors

Going outside is good for the soul. It’s nice to step away from our daily activities and take a few minutes to be in nature. We spend 90% of our life indoors! Which is totally insane! All this indoor time is having a negative impact on our health that we don’t even realize on a consistent basis.

After an awfully harsh and bitter cold winter, I am ready for the cheerful warm weather of spring!

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The great outdoors is full of scientifically proven benefits to make our life a better one. Fresh air is one of the most reliable ways to boost your mental and physical well-being!

Here’s why we need to spend more time in nature.

1.) Reduced stress

  • Life has a way of making us stressed! Things get overwhelming sometimes, I do understand. If you feel yourself getting anxious, take some time away from it all and go outside. You may notice lower levels of cortisol, (a hormone for stress) and a calmer heart rate, than if you choose to continue with the activities stressing yourself out.

2.) Your focus can improve

  • Nature is restorative! Whenever I am taking big exams for school, I choose to go section by section, taking a break in-between each so that I can go outside and come back refreshed and ready to start again. Time spent in nature is linked to a longer, more focused attention span and the ability to excel well in academics and arts!

3.) You will stay physically in shape

  • The CDC reports that 1-in-5 children between the ages of 12-19 suffer with excessive weight and the health problems that come with it. Obesity can be detrimental to your physical health and can cause high blood pressure and heart disease. Spending more time outside will cause you to be more physically active and inspire you to make more time for a walk, run, hike or time on your bike! 😉

4.) Inside air pollution is worse than the air outside.

  • The California Air Resources Board has estimated that indoor air pollutant levels are 25-62 percent higher than outdoor levels! Indoors, you’re exposed to things like carbon monoxide, as well as a number of other chemicals that come from daily products and furnishings that you’d never even think about. Not to mention all the mold, dirt and dust that builds up over time!

5.) It can help you sleep better

  • Spending time in the sunlight, soaking up Vitamin D, can help your body’s sleep cycle develop better patterns and help to produce more melatonin, which is the chemical needed for sleep.

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Ladies, spending time in nature is going to give you more energy and a healthier outlook on life. It’s going to help you focus and concentrate more. It can improve your stress levels and help you sleep. I’ve even noticed that it can help keep your hair, skin and nails healthy too! I think we need to challenge ourselves to get outside for a few minutes every day as the nice weather comes our way. W

What do you think? Do you notice anything about your emotional or physically being after spending time outside?

Love, FitTeen Maddy


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