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3 Ways Getting Outside Improves Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

We don't get outside enough. Though there are plenty of nature enthusiasts out there, as a society, we just don't spend enough time in the great outdoors. Sometimes, we have good reason. It's too hot or it's too cold or the weather is otherwise not cooperating. But most of the time we don't go outside because we're too busy watching TV or playing on an electronic device. If this sounds a bit too close to home, it's time to reevaluate your habits. Getting outside can be incredibly good for you! If you're ready to boost your health and make nature more of a staple in your life, take a look at these three great ways that getting outside can improve your health.

It Boosts Your Mood and Mental Health

Nature is so healing to our mental well-being. When we're in a bad mood, stepping outside and breathing the fresh air can completely change it. If you can (and most of us can), get outside for a few minutes every single day. While it won't cure major mental health crises, it can help boost your mood and improve your perspective on your daily life. 

It Keeps You Active

It's hard to be lazy when you're outdoors. Sure, if you're lounging in a chair at the pool, you may not be getting much activity. But for most people, getting outdoors means at least a little bit more movement than usual. It might mean walking or hiking. It might mean playing with your kids. Or it might mean gardening or yard work. If you struggle with getting enough movement in your life, go outside! The more time you spend outside, the more likely you are to change this aspect of your life permanently.

It Helps You Soak in Vitamin D

We can't live without Vitamin D. When we don't get enough of this essential vitamin, we may experience bad moods, bone pain, and fatigue. And how do we get enough? From the sun! Making yourself spend some time in the sun helps you soak in this necessary vitamin, which boosts overall health and keeps these frustrating side effects away. Get some sun exposure to keep this nutritional aspect of your health in check.

If you're not spending enough time outside, it's time to make it a priority. We're meant to get outdoors, and we're meant to do it on a regular basis. Work it into your day, even schedule it if you have to. With a little time outside, you may find yourself feeling healthier and more positive than ever before.

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

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