The sun is out and you should be too! There are numerous health benefits to being outdoors in nature and removing yourself from your everyday routine. Something as simple as seeing the green grass or a stream of water can provide increased feelings of renewal, restoration, and spiritual connectedness. Being at EdenHill, we are only five minutes away from beautiful Landa Park and every Monday and Friday, we offer a shuttle service to the park for a morning stroll. So, what can being outside do to improve your everyday well-being? Let’s take a look.

Keeps Vitamin D Levels Healthy

As many of you may know, vitamin D plays a critical role in healthy bones and protecting against osteoporosis. It also lowers the risk of heart disease and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. Some of the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include fatigue, depressed mood, getting sick more often, and muscle pain. We can reverse the progress of these effects with some fresh air. Remember to wear your sunscreen while absorbing the sunshine vitamin!

Destresses, Eliminates Anxiety, and Improves Depression

Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness. It’s been shown that a stroll in the woods or a view of greenery can help combat feelings of depression. It’s easy to feel stressed in a world that’s always busy and changing, but be sure to calm your mind in a more tranquil environment and take a breath of fresh air to calm the nerves. Finding a space where you can really relax and reflect on your thoughts can help alleviate and organize your worries. Exercise is good for your mental and physical health as well, but working out in nature not only reduces anxiety, but provides you with additional benefits that are unattainable from an indoor gym.

Improves Short Term Memory

Did you know that a nature walk could potentially improve your short-term memory? A study, testing the cognitive benefits of interacting with nature, took students from the University of Michigan and gave them a brief memory test before dividing them into two groups. One group took a walk around an arboretum and the other took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned, the memory test was conducted again, and those that had walked among trees, did almost 20% better than they had on the first test. The individuals that walked in the city did not consistently improve. When we remove ourselves from stressors or our everyday schedules, we allow ourselves to reflect and think more clearly.

Reduces Inflammation and Blood Pressure

When inflammation decides to strike, it could be due to a number of factors, but spending time outdoors, may be a way to help keep it in check. A study was conducted on elderly patients and the therapeutic effects of being in nature. A group was sent to an evergreen forest to experience a week-long trip. When they returned, they showed a significant reduction in blood pressure and inflammation, compared to the other group who had been sent to a city area. Their results provide direct evidence that forest bathing has therapeutic effects on human hypertension and inflammation, which as a result improves prevention against cardiovascular disease.

What are you waiting for? Grab your sunscreen, a hat, and some sunglasses and enjoy the great outdoors. Attempt to incorporate nature into your daily routine when the weather allows. Experience the sunshine and allow it to bring light to a healthy lifestyle.