tree hugging and  forest bathing for amazing health benefits
Tree hugging during a nature walk in St Lucia, The Carribean.

We spend far too much of our time indoors, busy at work or working in the house. There are so many things enticing us too stay indoors:- busy-ness, lack of time, lack of money, the weather – too cold, too wet, too sunny, too hot, too windy… As humans we are not designed for this indoor living. Recent reports have found amazing health benefits to spending more time outside in nature. Lets dive deeper and look at how to get outside in nature more and why we need to…

It’s about a 3.5 minute read, here’s a brief outline.

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The Benefits of Being Outside

Getting outside has so many positives which are beneficial to our physical, mental and spiritual health:-

Recent reports have shown many significant health benefits to spending time outside in nature.

Being in green areas – i.e. forests, woods, parks, gardens – has shown to be especially beneficial.

Having a shower in the rainforest St Vincent, The Caribbean.

Research by the University of Easy Anglia has shown that being in green spaces such as these has wide ranging health benefits. The research looked at over 140 studies including 20 countries and 290 million people. It compared people with regular access to green space with those who didn’t. I’ve quoted there findings below, click here to read the whole article.

“We found that spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant health benefits. It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.

“People living closer to nature also had reduced diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and stress. In fact, one of the really interesting things we found is that exposure to greenspace significantly reduces people’s levels of salivary cortisol — a physiological marker of stress.

So just to list those benefits again for you:-🤓

wow!!!

being in green space is healthy

Researchers involved in the study hope that the findings will encourage healthcare professionals to consider prescribing more time outside in green space for some ailments.

Scientists are unsure of the exact causes of these findings however research from Japan has some suggestions.

  1. Improved Immunity – The Japanese pastime of forest bathing has been researched. They have found that just standing in the woods (forest bathing) boosts your immune system.

This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncides, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncides seems to actually improve immune system function.

https://qz.com/1258538/just-being-outside-can-improve-your-psychological-health-and-maybe-your-physical-health-too/

2. The microbiome of dirt may act as an anti-deptressant

As the importance of the human gut and microbiome to our good health is becoming increasingly recognised, it’s now becoming probable that the microbiome of the natural world can affect us greatly too.

Research on dirt seems to be strongly suggesting a link with good mental health… Digging, playing and breathing in the dirt, it appears, is very good for our health…

While the scientists are trying to fathom out the Why’s I suggest you just do it. With health benefits like the above, it’s a no brainer…and no harm can possibly come from you spending more time outside in nature.😉

walk in nature for health benefits

Ideas for Getting Outside More

It’s great to read the scientific research on the benefits of being outside in nature. However, if you’re like me and already spend time doing just that, you’ll already know this instincively.

You can FEEL how good it is for you, you get a real ‘feel good factor’ from it. A sense of wellbeing, an overwhelming joy to be alive. Its difficult to pinpoint what’s doing it, probably a combination of everything.

The fresh air, the natural beauty, the daylight, the wider horizon, the feeling of freedom, the feeling of connection, the feeling that all will be well…the dirt microbiome and natures essential oils…!!!

Here’s some easy and mostly free ideas to get you outside more… Remember to spend at least 30 minutes outside without sunglasses on to allow natural daylight in.

Although we do need the sunlight and daylight, there are benefits to be had by being outside at all times of day. So don’t rule out night time nature happenings either.

Exercise outside:- If we need to exercise and ‘move more’ plus we need to go outside more why not put them all together?

Exercise in Your Own Garden

  watch the sunset

Just BEING Outside

What are you waiting for. Get Outside!

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I would love to hear your own ideas and suggestion for getting out more in nature in the comments section below.

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Further Reading

If we get outside more we sleep better. Click here to read my recent blog post all about sleep.

Amazingly Healthy Habits

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