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098. Improve Your Health By Getting Outside

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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? For most Americans it is over 10 hours per day! That means many of us are spending less time outside. Is that helping our health? 

I have found that when I spend time on a trail or even a walk in my neighborhood my mind has more clarity on different topics and I am able to focus on what is most important to me. Many times I will stop and take notes on the thoughts I am having. 

In an article on Chardae Mara, RN, shares how spending just 15-20 minutes outside three times per week can contribute to a host of physical and psychological benefits, including:

  • An increase in natural killer cells, which support the immune system, prevent cancer, and speeds recovery.
  • A decrease in heart disease risk, blood pressure, and heart rate
  • A reduction in stress hormones, depression, and anxiety
  • An improvement in some attention deficit disorders.

Longer exposures are important as well. Spending a full day outside can create benefits that last up to 30 days!

Try these tips to start bringing nature into your regular routine:

  • Detach from your devices daily.
  • Find green space, even if it’s not in a remote location, and take time to engage all five senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste)  
  • Use phone calls or coffee breaks as an opportunity to take a short walk outside.
  • And finally, take off-the-grid vacations when possible to maximize your exposure to nature.

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