Benefits of Outdoor Activities

Jun 12, 2019 | Body and Mind, Front Page | 2 comments

 

Benefits of Outdoor Activities

 

I love to be outdoors; do you love the outdoors?

Needless to say, my favorite season is spring and summer. I am born a winter baby in the middle of December, and while I enjoy winter with its snowcapped trees and fresh-baked cookies, I still prefer spring and summer. Now, imagine walking on a chilly sunny day and enjoying all the scents that linger in the air from a beautiful fall day with all its colorful trees and flowers. My personal reason why I love spring and summer simply is because it makes it so easy to enjoy the many possible outdoor activities.

But regardless of what season we enjoy most, we should aim to get our daily outdoor activity in and here is the reason why.

Why outdoor exercises and mental health are connected.

While it is well established that a healthy body and mind most often go together and that exercise can help anyone on a path to mental wellness, there are extra benefits when that exercise takes place in the great outdoors. Stress and anxiety respond well to having a physical outlet and even more so when time is taken to enjoy nature.

What are the Benefits of Choosing Outdoor Workouts?

You may remember being told often as a child how important it was to “go out and get some sunshine.” It’s true that the vitamin D provided from a little sunlight during a morning jog can have far-reaching benefits.

Why is Vitamin D so important?

Getting adequate sunlight, much like exercising itself, helps to build the immune system up and regulate your chemical levels, which has a profound effect on your mood. Even just a quick 15-minute walk outside during your lunch break can give your mood a much-needed boost.

But your vitamin D level isn’t the only thing that is going to benefit from taking your exercise outside. Many of the benefits found through exercise are amplified by the outdoors.

Fresh air helps keep oxygen levels high, blood pressure low and can even improve your heart rate. Working out indoors may have similar benefits at a base level, but if you decide to take your routine outdoors, you can expect an even healthier experience for both mind and body. Much like deep breathing improves focus and helps to keep anxiety at bay, a little fresh air can go a long way.

Sharpen your focus by going outside for a workout, which will help you to avoid at home distractions. Often when working out at home it can be tempting to stop and check your phone, social media or take frequent breaks for other less active pastimes.

Setting aside time that you respect as the time you’re going to work on your health and using that short period outside to work out and bring the focus back to how you’re feeling mentally and physically can help greatly with self-esteem, managing stress and focusing on yourself in a healthy, positive way.

Outdoor Workout Possibilities Are Endless

If you’re struggling to find workout routines that fit into your schedule or that are affordable, there are a lot of exciting options. Going out of your way to explore new areas such as hiking or jogging can bring great satisfaction, as well as helping you to build confidence as you learn more about your local areas.

Going on daily walks, even just around the block, is also a good way to meet new people. But even on your own, your mental health benefits just from forming a healthy routine and getting blood and oxygen flows up while stress levels are worked out of the body.

More adventure can be experienced for those looking for new mental stimulation by going swimming at the local public pool or beach, cycling in a new neighborhood, or even horseback riding, skiing or canoeing if any nearby facilities allow for these types of activities.

My personal favorite outdoor activity is walking, swimming, bicycling and working in my garden.

Gardening might not be the best exercises but it allows me to be outside and fill up my vitamin D chamber.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

 

Enjoy the sun and the great outdoors.

 

Petra Jackson

Petra Jackson

Life Coach & Mentor

Thanks for following my journey through improving life by discovering inspiring tips to de-stress, have a relaxing day, make good nutrition choices and just enjoy life!  My goal is to share a little bit of what I find beneficial, interesting or just plain cute and fun!

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