This is extremely important. I need you to do something. I need you to get into more comfortable clothes. No work pants. No pants. Shorts. And I need you to take off your shoes… take off your socks… (that’s not where this is going). Now walk outside. Feel the grass between your toes. Allow the dirt to rub off onto your feet. Find something to do… read a book? Take a walk? Lay in the sun? Play capture the flag with five of the neighbor kids? The point is (and you won’t realize this until you’ve lived a summer in Minnesota), the few warm months we cherish so much in this state… will be gone in the blink of an eye.
Bored by the post? Key takeaway (so you don’t have to keep reading): Go outside.
For those of you who are a little more patient with what I write; in this weeks Live Well Blog post, we’re going to reveal a handful of ways in which spending time outdoors can actually benefit your health. Recent research from the American Chemical Society’s journal, Environmental Science & Technology concluded that the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be…
Ways The Great Outdoors Can Benefit Your Health
While there are many theories as to why being in nature makes us healthier, one leading hypothesis is that being outside increases our Vitamin D intake. We keep learning more about how important vitamin D is for health, including preventing cancer, hormonal problems, obesity, and inflammation, and having a strong immune system. Because sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, it only seems logical that spending more time in outside would increase your vitamin D intake.
Being in a natural setting can also help increase your quality of sleep, as studies show that natural sunlight helps set the body’s internal clock that tells us when to eat and sleep, and normalizes hormonal functions that occur at specific times of the day. And we all know how important sleep is not just for our health, but for things like losing weight, too!
Enjoying the outdoors also gives us a break from technology and the on-the-run lifestyle to which we’re all so accustomed. Think back to JOMO. When we’re outside, we have a clearer, more focused mindset to hang out with friends, or spend some quiet time alone or even play with a pet. When we’re outside, we can also learn and enjoy a new skill or physical activity. And perhaps most important of all, we get a chance to turn off—or better, leave behind—our cell phones to clear our heads and break from the stress we all have each and every day.
Want more? Take a look at Oprah’s 5 Ways to Boost Your Health by Going Outside.
In Good Health,
Here’s a new summer feature….
Body Restoration’s Weekend Activities
- Friday, June 13: North Star Grand Prix, Uptown Minneapolis Criterium
- Friday, June 13: Stone Arch Bridge Festival (Kick-Off Concert), Minneapolis Riverfront
- Saturday, June 14: Art on the Lake, Downtown Excelsior Lakefront
- Saturday, June 14: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis Riverfront
- Sunday, June 15: Art on the Lake, Downtown Excelsior Lakefront
- Sunday June 15: Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis Riverfront