Benefits of the Outdoors

Benefits of the Outdoors

There is something special about the open air that nothing else can do for you. Spending time outdoors has many benefits, such as helping the mind focus and increasing productivity and creativity. MyOutdoorJoy strives to expose these benefits to our members, non-members and guests, and provide events to allow people to get outside.

benefits of being outdoors for mental and physical health

Health Facts

  • Nature Helps You Obtain More Vitamin D. Aside from the warmth it brings, natural sunlight is one of the best ways to obtain more vitamin D in your body, something we all need. Spending time in nature also helps your body absorb certain minerals quicker, such as Calcium and Phosphorus. Health experts recommend spending at least between 5 and 15 minutes outdoors each summer day to have sufficient vitamin D levels. These numbers increase towards the winter season.

 

  • Nature Improves Your Sleep. The outdoors helps you set your sleep cycle. Cells in your eyes need enough light to get your body’s internal clock working right; early morning sunlight, in particular, seems to help people sleep at night. Attention to this sleep cycle is more important as you age because your eyes become less efficient in absorbing light, and you are more likely to have problems with sleep.

 

  • Nature Improves Short-term Memory. According to a University of Michigan study, spending time in nature may improve your short-term and working memory. Whether you are taking up fishing for the first time or riding a bike through a state park, nature works miracles in your cognitive health.

 

  • Nature Boosts the Immune System. The forest air rewards visitors with a more robust immune system as their outdoor time extends. Breathing in fresh means we are inhaling phytoncides; These are airborne antimicrobial compounds that plants give off as protection from harmful insects and germs. This results in our bodies boosting the number and activity of natural killer white blood cells or NK. These cells kill tumor-and virus-infected cells in our bodies.

 

  • Nature Gives You Better Vision. Hours behind a computer or smartphone screen can take its toll on your eyesight. Spending time outdoors allows your eyes to focus on objects farther away and reduces eye strain.

 

  • Nature Boosts Your Energy. A few scientific studies concluded that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost comparable to one cup of joe. Next time you are craving a cup of coffee, skip the caffeine and sit outside instead!

Outdoor Inspiration

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.”

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”

“Nature itself is the best physician.”

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.”

“Witnessing the sunrise over the glaciers on top of Kilimanjaro to reveal the plains of Africa sprawled out below was an incredibly special moment. That moment would never have been possible without the hard climb to get there.”

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

“Cooking and eating food outdoors makes it taste infinitely better than the same meal prepared and consumed indoors.”

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently.”

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