Fitting More Time Outdoors in Your Schedule
By Stepy Kamei
You know spending time outdoors is good for your health, don't you? The benefits of being outside have been cited by healthcare experts for ages now. Study after study has shown how much an increase in time spent outdoors can have on a person's overall physical and mental health and wellness. Improved mood, reduced anxiety, lower risk of health issues such as weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are all cited as reasons why a person should be making sure to be outside on a regular basis. Of course, we can't deny how hectic and demanding our schedules can be, not to mention how much our responsibilities require us to be indoors. Fortunately, there are ways to balance this out for a healthier lifestyle overall.
Take Your Daily Habits Outside
You may have never thought about it before, but there are plenty of simple activities you perform on a daily basis which can be performed outside in the sunshine. You can eat your meals on the porch or a courtyard outside your office. You can read a book or open your mail in the backyard. At the very least, you can try to move these activities to a big window with the blinds up so you're still getting some exposure to the sunlight.
Bond with Pets, Children, Family, or Friends
It's important to stay connected to your social groups for better physical and mental health. What better way to do this than to boost it by taking these networking opportunities out of doors? Go on walks with your family after dinner -- bonus if you have a dog to encourage you to get outside even more. You can also catch up with friends by being jogging buddies, or even just getting some coffee and sitting in front of a cafe.
Plan for Time Spent Outside
It's much easier to skip out on going outside if you don't have a way to fit it in your schedule. If this sounds like your situation, take time on a Sunday to plan out the week ahead, and be sure to include outside time. Maybe this can mean planning a jog, walks, eating outside, or walking the dog. Whatever you can do to consolidate outside time with getting tasks done, try to plan for it.
Bring the Outdoors In
In the worst case scenario, there are ways to benefit from the outdoors. If the weather is bad or you just don't have the time to get outside, invest in high-quality lamps and consider adding plants to your home and office environments. These strategies can vastly improve your health.