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July 1, 2022

A Healthier You Starts Outside


More and more these days people are spending so much time inside... and not so much outside. 

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More and more these days people are spending so much time inside... and not so much outside. 

With modern comforts it's often easy to just stay inside where we're comfortable and entertained or busy working. 

Did you know that it can come at a cost? It's something most of us might know intuitively or have experienced firsthand. 

Now there is a whole big body of research to back it up. 

Getting outside is extremely good for our health and wellbeing. 

I know I'm not alone in finding it really motivating to learn about the positive impacts of certain lifestyle habits in my life. 

When we know something has research to back it up and support its value, it's easier to prioritize it in our own lives. 

So today, I'm just going to give you more reasons to get outside. 

Countless studies have now been done to explore the effects of time outdoors on both mental and physical health. The list of benefits linked to being outdoors is extensive.

Time in nature has been shown to improve our attention levels. 

Lower our stress. 

Boost our mood. 

Increase empathy and cooperation. 

It improves our memories. 

It makes us happier...

as well as reducing our risks for several series health conditions, like heart disease. 

If you need more reasons to inspire yourself to get outside there's more than enough of them to go around.

In fact it seems like the list of benefits is building by the day. 

What's interesting is that the research shows it doesn't have to take a whole lot of time to get these benefits... and there are many different ways to do so. 

Two hours total a week is considered effective. That's it? Two hours total a week is considered effective. 

Activities ranging from taking a stroll through a city park, to sitting out in a green space, to going on a weekend hike, all seem to make a difference. 

So let's take a moment now to reflect on how often we spend time indoors versus outdoors. 

Let's consider how we feel when we do get outside, when we do find time to be in nature. 

What benefits do you notice for yourself? 

I encourage you to challenge yourself to get outside just a little bit more this week. 

Take the dog on a long walk, read your book on the front porch, take a trip to the park.

Whatever it is, maybe it's simply taking five minutes to step outside and take a deep breath. Make 

this time a priority and notice how your mood begins to change.