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Outdoor Time Has Health Benefits

Outside, you can disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. Outdoor activities have many positive effects on your health, both mental and physical.

It is important to spend time outdoors in today’s technology-driven world. Our mental and physical health can be improved by spending time outdoors.

What is Biophilia Biophilia refers to the human desire to be in nature. The term was coined in the early 1960s by Erich Fromm, but popularized by Edward O. Wilson in 1984. He is a Harvard Biologist and author of Biophilia.

 

Wilson’s book suggests that our fascination with nature and love of flowers is a result of an evolutionary, innate attraction. The book, for example, explains how our fascination with flowers and their smell could be a remnant of the early days of civilization when flowers in bloom meant that fruit was soon to follow.

Evolutionarily, the closer humans were to plants, animals and weather patterns, they had a better chance of surviving. It was deeply ingrained in humans, and this is why we are still fascinated by nature.

Nature and Mental Health
Multiple studies show that the mental health of humans improves when immersed in nature. In 2012, some studies such as the one published in Landscape and Urban Planning showed that green spaces reduced stress. The study measured cortisol (a stress hormone), in people who had different levels of green space in their home.

The study found a correlation between people who spend more time outdoors in green spaces and those with lower levels of stress hormones. This study shows stress hormones decrease in people who spend more outdoor time in green spaces.

Nature and Physical Wellbeing
The hypothesis that outdoor time can reduce stress and depression relies on the fact that it is often associated with an activity. The majority of people who are outside do something active, like walking their dog or running.

Physical activity is well-known for improving cardiovascular health and maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI). Physical activity has also been proven to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. When you combine outdoor space and exercise, the benefits of both are amplified.

Conclusion
There’s no question that spending time in nature is good for your mind, body, and soul. You should set aside time to enjoy nature. Even a short stroll can boost your mood and improve your well-being. You can boost your health now for the lowest cost and simplest way possible!

Sources:

Biophilia | Psychology Today

What is the great outdoors? Explore the mental health benefits from natural environments (nih.gov).

Evidence from salivary patterns of cortisol shows that more green space in deprive communities is associated with less stress.

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