We are heading into the thick of summer with the 4th of July holiday for the US coming up. Now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some Vitamin D. Being outdoors lowers stress and vitalizes the mind. I enjoy working out in the gym, jiu-jitsu or doing yoga, but outdoor activities tops them all. You can’t beat the feeling of the sun on your face and the smell of nature. It’s a great time to go to the track, do a trail run or hike, ride your bike or do a workout in the pool or the park. It will increase your energy more so than going to the gym.
Over the past few years, researchers are realizing that nature can be a strong tool for healing mental and physical ailments. Doctors in the UK are prescribing nature to their patients
. According to one report, “The evidence for the benefits of nature on mental and physical health are numerous. If you spend 90 minutes of your day outside in a wooded area, there will be a decrease of activity in the part of your brain typically associated with depression. Spending time in nature not only reduces blood pressure, anxiety, and increases happiness, but it reduces aggression, ADHD symptoms, improves pain control, the immune system, and—per a summary of research regarding the health benefits of nature—there’s much more we don’t know and are figuring out every day.” How much time are you spending outside?
If you are in a job that keeps you deskbound most of the day, try going for a walk on your lunch break or playing outside with your kids when you get home. On the weekends, spend as much time as you can outside. This weekend, I am at the lake and look forward to being on the water and out in nature all day. It is a nice way to reset from the grind of day to day life. We’ll get outdoor workouts in and enjoy the company of family and friends. I hope you can take some time over the summer to enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. It will strengthen your relationships and improve your health. I don’t want to keep you too long today, so let’s go ahead and check out the links.