Are you going outside every day? I am sure you have heard how healthy it is to get fresh air and exercise outdoors? But do you really make an efford to dress for the weather and go outside even if it’s raining, snowing or sleeting?
In Scandinavian coutries, being outside is something that’s supported by the society. Linda Akeson McGurk, in her book, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids describes that in Scandinavia, it’s no surprise that babies nap outside, even in the freezing weather.
Nature can improve our health, which include smaller risk of heart disease, stress reduction significant decreases in anxiety and improvement in mental health. These are my three top ways on how to get closer to nature and enjoy better work-life balance:
1. Commute to work
Study surveyed people about their commuting habits and their mental health. The results showed that people whose commutes take them through a natural environment tend to report more positive mental health overall than those who don’t commute through nature. Nature was found to have a positive impact on mental health. What is more, the researchers discovered that commuting activities like walking or biking through nature areas may be even more beneficial for a person’s mental well-being.
2. Get active outdoor
I strongly encourage you to engage in outdoor activities such as running, skiing, ice skating. There are numerous benefits of outdoor activity:
- A harder workout – When you’re active outdoors your body is encountering a constantly changing environment. To keep up the activity at a consistent pace, you need to adapt to all the changes in your surroundings. Thus your body works harder than if you were running on at the gym, according to the American Council on Exercise.
- It’s free – The outdoors belongs to all of us. You do not need any special equipment — the outdoors is available wherever you are,
- A free daily dose of witamin D – Outdoor exercise is a way to get your vitamin D through sunlight,
- Work out for your mind – a research suggests that exercise outdoors benefited mental well-being more than the same type of exercise inside.
3. Raise awareness
We live in areas not knowing our natural surroundings. Spending time outside can push ourselves to foster a deep desire to protect and preserve these areas. The real challenge for the future is to get more people involved, knowing what we do about the real benefits of nature. More studies show evidence that a connection with nature makes us healthier and happier people. It confirmed increase in people’s health, happiness. Connection to nature and active nature behaviours sustained for months after the challenge had been completed. For people suffering from physical illness or mental health disorders, such as depression, interacting with nature can help people control their symptoms, e.g. through meditation.
Let us know if you like to spend time outdoor and connect with nature.