Ever wonder why it seems that every time you go outside you feel a little better? It’s not just a feeling, science has now shown that there are changes that take place in the body, just by being outdoors. There is a need to get back to nature which we all have.
Studies by Stanford University researchers recently found that people who spent 90 minutes walking in nature significantly decreased activity in the area of their brains tied to depression. Of course, living near a forest or other wilderness area is ideal, but even city dwellers can seek out a park or other greenery.
It may seem incredible but even looking at nature in pictures can have benefits. Research has shown that just by interacting with nature for an hour which includes looking at photos of landscapes can improve our focus and short-term memory by up to 20 percent.
It has been shown that making contact with the earth has its benefits. Going barefoot has been scientifically shown to relieve pain and inflammation, and studies have also shown that spending time outside can give the immune system a boost.
Camping is a great way to relieve insomnia. At the University of Colorado, scientist recently confirmed that sleeping outside recalibrates our body’s circadian rhythm, or internal clock.
Doing your exercise outdoors also feels better. Science has also shown that people who walk outdoors feel more awake, attentive and less fatigued than those who walk indoors on treadmills. When you walk outdoors you also get the added benefit of vitamin D which helps fight brain fog and fatigue.
Remember back in the day when on those rare occasions the school teacher would decide to have class outside? Remember how good everyone felt just at the thought? Well now it seems there was a reason for that. Maybe people should start spending more time outside and start feeling better.