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Get Outside: It's Healthy

By Virginia Laird

Getting healthy is something that many try to do. However, there are plenty who find it difficult to make the necessary changes to diet and lifestyle to make their health and long-term priority. Still, health and wellness experts admit there is little reason to give up completely on finding a healthier way of life. Research, along with these experts, admit that getting outside is a great way to initiate change in both your lifestyle and your health. A few things you can gain from spending time outdoors include:

  • Getting outside offers exercise
  • Spending time outside can boost your immune system
  • Outdoor life can reduce stress

Getting Outside Offers Exercise

For those who despise the idea of heading to the gym for a great workout, experts suggest that you get outdoors. Health and wellness experts admit that spending time outside is a great way to get exercise. Research suggests that those who spend a few minutes each day outside are far more likely to burn calories walking, doing yard work, playing ball with the kids, and much more. For these reasons, spending time outside routinely can help manage your weight and offer exercise which you may not even realize you are getting.

Spending Time Outside Can Boost Your Immune System

There is research which suggests that getting outdoors can provide a boost to your immune system. Health and wellness experts suggest that getting outside can help your body prevent and fight off simple illnesses, including colds and viruses. If you are someone who already loves getting outside, you are likely already enjoying this perk. If you are one who struggles to enjoy life with bugs and summertime heat, keep in mind that it is cooler in the early morning and (later) evening hours. These may possibly be the best times for you to get out and enjoy your coffee on the porch, dinner on your patio, or a walk through your neighborhood.

Outdoor Life Can Reduce Stress

Many admit that spending any time outside can be therapeutic, especially when trying to reduce your stress. There is research to suggest that getting outdoors can help get rid of stress. A good dose of sunlight, fresh air, and the peaceful sounds of nature can eliminate the cares of the world, if only for a minute. Now is a great time to begin taking life outdoors to help relieve your stress. Consider a night in your own backyard, camping at a local state park, or just a simple trip to the park. These can all help get your stress at manageable level.

Today is the day to begin taking advantage of the perks of life in the great outdoors. And for added bonus, consider leaving your cell phone and other devices indoors while you soak up all that nature can give.    

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

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