How Spending More Time Outside Can Help Your Health

couple happily walking outside on a nature trail together

As the weather starts to warm up, a lot more people are getting outside to enjoy the spring season. Getting outside is a great way to relax and truly enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. It's also got a lot of great benefits for our health, especially for us older adults.

Improves Mental Health

    Spending more time outside and in green space has been known to improve your mood and fight off stress and anxiety. Nature naturally helps generate more positive emotions like calmness and joy.

    Surrounding yourself by plants in your garden or taking a short walk in the mornings can really make a difference in your overall mental health. Try spending even just 10 minutes outside everyday.

    Improves Physical Health

      Getting outside can help encourage you to exercise more and stay physically active, whether it's taking a walk, hiking, or even swimming. Getting in a little bit of exercise everyday can really help improve your stability, mobility, and flexibility. It can also help alleviate pain and discomfort in your joints and muscles.

      Improves Sleep

        Being out in nature for at least 30 minutes a day may help improve your sleep by helping to calm your mind, relax your body, and decompress.

        Exposing yourself to sunlight can also help your brain determine when it's nighttime versus daytime. When you're in the sunlight more often, it can help regulate your body's circadian rhythm and improve your quality of sleep.

        Boosts Vitamin D

          Enjoying time outside (whether you're exercising or not) can help boost your Vitamin D levels. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important because it can help promote proper body functionality, regulate your mood, and improve brain function.


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