Faith, Fitness, Mental Health, Mindfulness

Is Being Outside Actually Good For Me?

Nov 10, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy being outside.

Something about it calls to me. Both feet planted on the Earth’s soil makes me feel connected to nature (and myself) in a way that I simply cannot put into words.

When I hike over a hill or mountain, I almost always feel closer to God in a small way.

When I admire a sunset or notice the baby Blue Jay perched in my tree, it’s as if God is teaching me that no two days are the same.

That his creativity is limitless.

I asked my doctor if being outside every day is merely enjoyable or if it has the ability to actually improve my overall health and his answers were clear: yes and yes.

He said being outside can make me a happier person in general, because natural light tends to elevate moods! Natural light and greenery can also help me heal faster. If you’re in physical pain, try changing your scenery and see how your body responds over time.

I also am more likely to walk my dog or do yoga if I’m outside, because it gets me away from the computer or television. Putting my body in motion every day is extremely beneficial to health and makes me more….cheery and relaxed.

Not to mention, the scientific process of sunlight hitting my skin helps my body absorb vitamin D. This is important because it fights depression, heart attacks, osteoporosis, and cancer.

Lately, I’ve found that being outside helps me focus and concentrate more! It gives me a clear mind and helps me with work, family planning, creativity, and goal setting. If you think your child has ADHD, get them outside as often as possible so they can train their minds to better concentrate also.

If you’re interested in hiking, but you wouldn’t even know where to begin, read this amazing guide and enjoy your time outdoors!

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