Save Your Life By Going Outside

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Even with winter coming right around the corner, beat any and all winter blues by heading outside. The world is too big and beautiful to stay inside, and it also will improve your overall health. You’ll thank us later.

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Clean Air

Yes, there is pollution in the twenty first century, but the pollution that is inside is way worse. Findings such as the EPA New England find that indoor pollution is generally 2 to 5 times worse inside than it is outside. Heightened concentration levels  lead to a higher manifestation of exposure to carcinogens and dangerous pollutants tends to occur in indoor environments. These hurt your lungs in both the short term and the long term.  The research finds that pollution inside is even worse than some of the most polluted cities outside. According to the World Health Organization, indoor pollution alone is exclusively responsible for killing 4.3 million people per year.

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Vitamin D

While you can take prescriptions of Vitamin D, the best way is the natural way. Spending time outside in the sun increases the overall health of your immune system. You can gain an edge over not getting sick just by going outside. Additionally, more Vitamin D helps lower the risk of Osteoporosis, lower risk of diabetes, and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Eighty to ninety percent of the Vitamin D we take in comes from the sun where we get the rest from fish, egg yolks, and kale. This reduces your risk of multiple sclerosis according to the Journal of the American Medical AssociationWithout even buying Cheerios, you can increase your heart health by being outside thus lower the chance of developing heart disease, according to 2008 findings published in CirculationAdditionally it helps to reduce the likelihood of acquiring the flu, according to 2010 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Slows Aging

Elderly people over the age of 70 or over who go outside on a daily basis are less likely to feel medical malady’s. Research finds even just standing outside in nature lowers the risk of dementia and stroke. The  more you are outside, the more in maintains a level of dexterity and mobility which keeps you active and younger. Additionally, these older people also report to have less trouble sleeping.

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Improves Mood

In a collection of studies, it was found that by exercising outside for even as little as five minutes, it dramatically increases your mood as well as increases your self esteem. People who go outside are less likely to be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is essentially winter depression. While there is a correlation with the people in the sunniest states often experience the most happiness, just by going outside you can boost your mood and well-being. Exposure to outside light increases the production of melatonin and serotonin which is a natural anti-depressant. Trends find that people are more likely to be depressed in winter due to the shorter days.

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Boosts Creativity

Studies find that walking outside has a higher propensity for finding creative solutions for problems. By changing your environment and interacting with new elements helps to create a new praxis for ideas to form in your neural networks as you interact with new stimuli. Another study by psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas found that backpackers scored 50 percent higher on creativity tests after spending four full days in nature without any electronics.

Take a hike or some time outside without your phone. We have to critically think to come to understanding of issues more fully engaging our neural networks. By not having the solution handed to us all the time in our device, we have to think through the issues. cannon-beach-us

Exercise

Being outside means that you must get from point A to point B. Running a mile inside is different than a mile outside as their is a natural change in elevation as opposed to a static level of incline on a treadmill. Additionally, you become lighter on your feet as you have to shift to the ever shifting ground vs. the ground of a treadmill is completely flat. Also the stress hormone of cortisol is found in lower quantities when exercising outdoors vs indoors.

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Stabilizes Brain Function

Spending time in the great outdoors continues lowers the amount of people who experience symptoms of ADHD. This is most important for young children where findings found that children will be less likely to exhibit symptoms of non standardized brain behavior. A study written by Dr. Bratman in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also is strongly associated with increased activity in a portion of the brain known as the subgenual prefrontal cortex.

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Increases Energy

In addition to making you happier, raising your level of fitness, stabilizing brain function, boosting creativity and mood, it also increases the amount of energy you have. By going outside and expending energy, you will find that being in nature energizes you. Instead of telling you about some more studies, we’re just going to show you some pictures. Tell us we’re wrong.
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