4 Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Fresh air. Sunshine. Exercise. There are so many reasons to spend time in the outdoors. Whether it is passive activities like picnicking or laying on a beach, or active ones like running or hiking, you can find things to do and reasons to do them outdoors.

What exactly are some of these benefits you can gain from participating in outdoor recreation? Research says that people who live near natural environments – and take advantage of that proximity through spending time outdoors – are often healthier and happier overall.

1. Physical: Whether you work out alone or in a group, by taking your workout outside the gym or home, you can find new or different fitness activities. Build different muscles, get your heart rate up and breathe in that fresh air.

2. Health: Spending time outside can help you get better sleep, according to some studies. You will sleep deeper and longer, and wake up more energetic and alert, ready to take on the day. Being outside has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your immune system so you don’t get sick as often (or stay sick as long).

3. Mental: Increase your creativity and decrease your stress. By being outdoors you may find yourself more inspired to take on a new creative hobby or project — like photography, painting, poetry, writing, or sketching.

4. Social: When you start doing some outdoor activities, you may find they are more fun with friends and family – and you may even make some new friends along the way! Hiking, kayaking and participating in sports can be fun for children and adults alike, so find something the whole family can do together.

Whatever your outdoor activity of choice is, make sure you find somewhere close to home to enjoy it. From walking to running to biking to meditating, there are so many choices to enjoy the outdoors at parks, beaches, mountains, and even your own backyard.

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