Hi everyone on this very wet Tuesday! Well, today we have part 3 of our mini series on the benefits of spending time outdoors. Here is part 1 and part 2 if you happened to miss them and would like to check them out. I strongly believe it is good for everyone to spend time outdoors. Even if for health reasons you can’t exercise a lot, perhaps not at all, it is still good to spend time outside. Just sitting outside, looking at the green grass, some flowers and the trees, can really make a person feel good. It helps to clear your brain and just makes you feel better about everything.
Being outdoors helps you to get the vitamin D that our bodies need. Vitamin D is important for our bones, blood cells and our immune system. And, it also helps our body to absorb certain mineral such as calcium and phosphorus. Our bodies need sunlight to make vitamin D, but it doesn’t really take that much. Just 5 to 15 minutes of sun 3 times a week in the summer is usually sufficient. In the winter, especially in northern climates such as where I live, it’s necessary to have more sunlight, or to take a vitamin D supplement.
Being outdoors isn’t only good for vitamin D production, but it also helps in other ways too. There are many types of plants that put certain substances into the air, including some organic compounds called phytoncides. These are a great help in boosting the function of our immune system. Sunlight also helps to energize certain special cells in our immune system, called T cells, that help our body to fight infection.
Studies have proven that even having a simple plant in your room, or pictures of nature hanging on the walls, can make a person feel less worried, angry or stressed. However, it’s even better if you leave that room and go outside. Just being out and looking at nature around you, and it doesn’t have to be a forest, but just trees and green grass, will reduce our stress and make people feel less anxious and angry. It really does work to change our mood.
Exercise is also good for reducing anxiety, stress and changing our mood as well. But, it is much better to get that exercise outside, rather than being indoors. Getting that sunlight along with the exercise helps to keep our serotonin levels up. This in turn helps to raise our energy level and helps to keep us calm, better focused and more positive. And being outdoors just helps people to feel better and happier as long as it’s an area with a green space or park or by water.
Well, I think that will be all for today. Guess I will have one post in this mini series. I hope all of you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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