Both a healthy diet and daily exercise are important for good health. Flodins’ amazingly tender Omega-3 pork may be the healthiest meat on the market, but for good all-around health, going outside can have phenomenal effects on our health. Here are just a few benefits of spending time outdoors.
- Improves Mental Health
When you are spending time outside, you are most likely also improving your mental health. In a study by the University of Michigan, it was found that a walk outside lowers a person’s stress levels and symptoms of depression. Instead of feeling gloomy, you should take some time to walk around outside.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a vitamin that is hard to get from just diet alone. Up to 90 percent of our vitamin D intake comes from the sun. Vitamin D is important for cell growth and bone strength, and it also supports the immune system and can reduce inflammation. We only need about 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight per day to get the amount of Vitamin D that we need daily.
- Improved Attention Span and Memory
There have been many studies that have proven that spending time outdoors helps our concentration levels. So, a simple walk outside can help improve both your productivity and creativity!
- Improves Your Immune System
No one likes to get sick, but it happens. Many people get sick during fall and winter when people are spending more time inside. One of the reasons for the increased amount of illness is that we are not spending enough time outside.
Spending time outside has been proven to boost the amount of white blood cells a person has, which can help fight off diseases and viruses. It has also been proven that spending time outside can reduce a person’s pain levels.
- Helps You Sleep Better
For most people, sleep is a key to having good health. Poor sleep patterns could be caused by issues like insomnia or sleep apnea. However, most times, these patterns are caused by a ‘circadian rhythm’. This is what tells us when to sleep and is based on the sun’s schedule. Spending a lot of time inside and looking at computers, TV’s and smartphone screens can affect these rhythms and our sleep patterns. Routine exposure to sunlight can help adjust your sleeping patterns.
- Eye Health
Being outside is great for your eyes health. Computer Vision Syndrome or CSV is a growing problem that is caused by looking at a screen for a long time. People with CSV find that spending time outside can help alleviate their headaches, red eyes, and even help with double and blurred vision.
It has also been found that most people are overexposed to artificial light, which can cause an increased risk of becoming nearsighted. People who spend at least two hours per day outside were up to 4 times less likely to become nearsighted according to a study published by Ohio State University.
Spending time outdoors does not need to be difficult. Even an hour outside every day can have major health benefits. Remember to make the most of your day by eating healthy foods, enjoying every single bite and adding some truly amazing taste through the use of Flodins Omega-3 pork.
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