Emotional Well-being

January 4, 2019

Get outside to increase your health!

By Lisa Jane

Depending on where you live, you may or may not spend much time outside. You may or may not have a lifestyle that promotes getting outside. If not, now may be the time to make some changes so that you do spend more time outside!

Whether you are already an avid lover of the great outdoors, or tend to live the hermit life indoors – there is literally a world out there to explore!

Studies have shown the dramatic benefits that being outside has on physical and mental health. We are designed specifically to be rejuvenated and nourished by fresh air and the vitamins and minerals that come from being in the sun and among the elements. Our bodies were designed with the expectation to be outside and they definitely operate better when outdoor activities are part of our lifestyle!

Benefits of getting outside

Better Health- Being in nature generally requires movement. Whether hiking, biking, swimming, walking, running, or simply playing with your children, there are limitless ways to be outside.

Being active - rain or shine - builds healthy muscles, and fresh air clears your mind and removes stress. The more you are outdoors, the more you are incorporating movement with your lifestyle and your overall health will improve.

Better Scenery- From hiking in the bush to feeling the lap of the waves at the beach, being outside offers scenery that is breathtaking.

Whether exploring your backyard and all of the wonders you have locally or travelling afar, there is unlimited opportunity to see the wonders of the world.

Taking in the beauty of nature elevates your compassion, your self-esteem, your appreciation, and your understanding of a world bigger than yourself.

Better Bones- Nature provides a rich source of Vitamin D. Being in the sun daily from 5 to 15 minutes can increase the levels of Vitamin D in your body. When the sun is absorbed through the arms, hands, and face, Vitamin D works to develop stronger bones.

Although long exposure to sun at peak times - usually 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. - can be damaging, responsible exposure to the sun is an important part of staying healthy and building stronger bones. First up in the morning is the best!

Better Mood- Light and dark work in tandem to create hormones that regulate mood. Being in the sun increases serotonin which supports energy, happiness, and mood during the day. Melatonin is produced at night which helps with restful and restorative sleep.

Being in the sun regularly can prevent depression and increase energy levels.

Better Skin- Some skin conditions like eczema and acne benefit from sunlight. The healing and drying properties that come from the sun can reduce the frequency and intensity of some skin conditions.

Being outdoors is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress, enjoy nature, and build a better body inside and out. Find new ways to enjoy being outside and discover a fresh new perspective and a renewed body!

Lisa Jane

I believe in a holistic approach to health and fitness and making small, incremental changes to improve your lifestyle. It isn’t about how you stack up against everyone else, it's about how you feel about yourself! It’s more than your exercise or your food, it is your attitude and your well-being!

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