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You Can't Go Wrong With Outdoor Activity

By Donna Stark

Since the uncomfortable heat of the summer is long gone, what do you say about heading outdoors and discovering the many benefits and adventures that Mother Nature has provided? Outdoor activities are not only good for your physical health, they are also good for your mental and emotional well-being! But the best part about heading outdoors for some fun is that age is never an issue. Whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, you simply can't go wrong by adding a little extra sunshine to your days.

Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

You may already know that exercise will bring plenty of health benefits your way, but did you know that those benefits will significantly increase by taking your physical activity outdoors? That's right! And with the weather the way it is right now, there is no reason to not take advantage of that fact. Take a look at why outdoor physical activity is so good for your body.

  • Sun exposure boosts your immunity and helps your body fight against infection
  • Outdoor physical activity has been shown to improve clarity, attention span, and creativity
  • Just 30 minutes spent outside can significantly reduce cortisol levels and lower stress levels
  • Exposure to natural light helps regulate and elevate moods
  • Outdoor activities are a great way to strengthen connections with others

Healthy Outdoor Activities to Try

Now that you can see why outdoor activities are so good for your overall well-being, it's time to lace up your shoes and head out the door. Check out the following suggestions on things to do that will offer the most amazing scenery and the greatest exercise opportunities.

  • Nature walks and hikes - Relax and unplug by taking a technology-free walk. Power down your phone and use this time to enjoy all the sights, scents, and sounds around you.
  • Farmers markets - If you are already an early riser, why not head to your local farmers market over the weekend? With all the fresh fruit and savory vegetables to choose from, it's no wonder the early bird gets the worm!
  • Recreational sports - From football to golf to tennis to maybe even a friendly game of kickball in the backyard, there are plenty of sports to choose from if you desire a little bit of competition. You can even grab a Frisbee and head to the park with your children for an afternoon of fun.

Get Moving for Better Health

With so many ways to enjoy the fall weather and to incorporate more physical activity into your days, improving your overall well-being couldn't be any easier. Just pick what you like to do the most and then grab your loved ones for a fun-filled day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monroe, La.

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