Get Outdoors More

 
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Can you believe that the average Brit spends around 90% of their day indoors? For that reason, the Honest Bean Team decided that our ‘Honest Challenge’ this last week was to spend more time outside, especially to make the most of this glorious weather that the UK has had recently.

 

This is such an important thing to do for your physical and mental wellbeing, especially if you work in an office and spend the majority of the day staring at a fluorescent computer screen, just to go home and then watch telly. There is also emerging evidence suggesting that exercising outside can help to increase feelings of regeneration and generally reduce perceived stress.

 

So, here are 10 reasons to get you outdoors:

 

1.     ENERGY BOOST

Skip the caffeine and get outside! A study has shown that spending just 20 minutes outdoors gives your brain an energy boost, worth the equivalent cup of coffee.

 

2.     EXERCISE

Running, walking, cycling – whatever takes your fancy, get yourself moving; exercise releases endorphins, which are stress reducing hormones. Maybe even try something new, like cheese rolling (it’s a thing).

 

3.     BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Scientists also think that breathing in phytoncides (chemicals produced by plants) increases levels of white blood cells in our bodies, helping to improve our immune system and fight off unwanted nasties.

 

4.     FREE AROMATHERAPY

Research shows that natural scents like freshly cut grass, roses and pine can make you feel calm and more relaxed.

 

5.     ENHANCED CREATIVITY

If you’re feeling uninspired, ditch your laptop and phone and get outside. Psychologists found that backpackers scored 50 percent higher on creativity tests after spending a few days in the wild without electronics.

 

6.     DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is essential for a well-functioning body, and humans get at least 90% of it through casual exposure to sunlight. Although vitamin D can be found in some food, like salmon and fortified milk, that’s just not enough.

 

7.     RESTORED FOCUS

Can’t concentrate at work or just need a break? Why not take your lunchbreak and go for a walk in a nearby park, take a minute for yourself and restore your focus.

 

8.     BETTER PEOPLE

Psychologists have found that exposure to nature helps to relieve societal pressures, allowing us to remember and cherish important things like relationships, togetherness and community.


 
Alex Oates