Recent studies by University of Michigan Psychology and Harvard Medical School reveal that spending time outdoors improves your health both physically and mentally!
Your Vitamin D levels rise: Sunlight catalyzes the production and activation of vitamin D in your skin. Vitamin D encourages bone strength by aiding your body’s absorption of calcium. This vitamin also helps fight various ailments from osteoporosis, to depression, to cancer.
You’re likely to increase your exercise: While exercise isn’t guaranteed when we go outside, we certainly spend most of our indoor time stationary on the computer or couch. When children go outside, they have plenty of room and are encouraged play sports and run around.
You’ll be happy: Genuine sunlight perceived through your optic nerve triggers your brain to produce serotonin–a “good mood” hormone.
You’ll be more focused: Any interaction with nature improves focus or alleviate mental fatigue later in the day. The psychology department at U of Michigan discovered memory and attention improve by 20 percent after subjects spent an hour outdoors.
Your wounds may heal faster: After being exposed to sunlight in Harvard’s study, people recovering from spinal surgery experienced less pain. About a hundred years prior it was speculated that hospital patients recovered faster when they had a view of nature through their windows.
TAKE A HIKE