In the digital age, there seems to be less need than ever to venture away from home for our leisure and entertainment. Children and adults do not need to venture behind the doors of the home to find their friends. We just need to open an application or social network and ready, a whole set of social possibilities.
But does that mean that playing outdoors or spending time outdoors is out of date? Of course not. It shouldn’t be that way since outdoor activities are more than entertainment: going out to nature is good for everyone’s health, and in this gallery, we take a look at some of the health benefits of spending time away from home, outdoors, in contact with nature.
We cannot deny that most of us spend a great deal of time indoors, and some hardly go outside at all, much less during the day. Unfortunately, staying indoors can have serious effects on our health, both physically and mentally. Today we will see why it is so important to leave from time to time.
If your work keeps you in a cubicle every day, or you work in information technologies, and you don’t usually get out of your ‘cave’ too much, you will be giving your own body a bad service.
To begin with, our body needs vitamin D from direct sunlight to keep our bones healthy and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis. Similarly, a series of studies have shown that simply spending time in contact with nature and not only outdoors (in a park or in the countryside), can increase our creativity and our cognitive function. So if you have a chance, take lunch outside, preferably in the park, and take some sun.
Keep in mind that exercise is easier outdoors. So is. There are a lot of ways to be physically active inside the house – of course – and it is also possible to be inactive outdoors – of course. But, as a general rule, it is easier to exercise outdoors. This is especially true for children who are less likely than adults to use home gym equipment such as treadmills or spinning bicycles, which adults use to exercise in a controlled environment and may more comfortable.
It Can Improve Short-Term Memory
Several studies have shown that nature walks have very positive effects on memory that other types of walks do not have. In a study led by researcher Marc G. Berman of the University of Michigan (USA), students had to do a brief memory test; Then, they were divided into two groups. The first group took a walk through an area full of trees, and the other took a walk along a city street. When the participants returned and did the memory test again, those who had walked through the park did the test almost 20% better than the first time. Those who had walked through the city showed no consistent improvement.
A similar study published in 2012 (Interacting with Nature Improves Cognition and Affect for Individuals with Depression ) on depressed people also found that nature walks boosted working memory much more than walks in urban settings.
It Has Anti-Stress Effect
In another 2011 study ( Preventive medical effects of nature therapy ), researchers found a decrease in heart rate and cortisol levels in subjects who had spent time in nature compared to those in the city.
Among those who work in an office, even seeing nature through a window is associated with less stress and greater job satisfaction.
Inflammation has been associated with a wide range of diseases, including autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and cancer. Spending time in nature can be a way to help keep it under control.