Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

We’ve all heard that spending time in the sun provides us with Vitamin D that may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer.  But even if your summer gets off to a soggy start, you can still reap other benefits of being outdoors, including:

Strengthened Mental Health and Reduced Stress

Various studies show that being outdoors is beneficial to our mental health – boosting serotonin levels, reducing pro-inflammatory substances and lowering depression.

Increased Memory and Attention Span

Other studies have shown that active time spent outdoors increased productivity and creativity while decreasing symptoms of ADHD in children.*    

Strengthened Immunity

Women who had spent at least three hours outdoors had increased white blood cells, which help fight viruses and disease according to researchers at Nippon Medical School.**

Improved Eye Health

Spending time outdoors may help sufferers of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), a problem caused by staring at computer screens for long periods of time, by helping to alleviate their blurred and double vision, red eyes, and headaches.  And, according to a 2007 study at Ohio State University, those who spent at least two hours a day outdoors were four times less likely to become nearsighted.***

Better Sleep Quality

Our circadian rhythms are naturally linked to the sun’s schedule. Spending too much time indoors can greatly affect our natural rhythms and can be harmful to our sleep patterns. On the flip side, more time spent outdoors, especially in the morning, can improve our sleep.

Looking for ways to add additional outdoor time to your day?  Grab your coffee and take a stroll around your landscape in the morning; play with your kids on the lawn; eat dinner al fresco.  And give us a call! We’re here to help you create and maintain your outdoor haven, so you can spend time enjoying the outdoors instead of working to maintain it.

 Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mental-wealth/201306/natures-rx-green-times-effects-adhd

**https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793341/

*** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2871403/