Here are 5 good reasons why exercising outdoors is vital to good health:
- Sun exposure promotes Vitamin D Probably one of the most researched and relevant topics in the media. The current recommended time if exposure to sunlight is 15 minutes per da (if you're staying out longer wear a sunscreen in summer). It is important for bone health, mood, immune efficiency and general good health.
- Improves immune function Research has shown that exercising in the great outdoors improves immune function by increasing natural killer cell activity. This effect can last up to 30 days leaving you better equipped to fight off infection and help to control inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
- Limits EMF exposure The indoor environment is a potpourri of EMF’s (electrical magnetic fields). They come from our mobile phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, microwave ovens, computers and most buildings electrical wiring. Getting away from all those emissions, and back into nature, where the EMF’s do not exist, can help to reduce their toxic load on your body.
- Mood enhancing Exercising in natural environments improves emotional and mental wellbeing. It decreases feelings of tension, anxiety and depression and increases self-esteem, energy levels and has a big impact on mood.
- Good for your heart Walking in nature has the potential to improve cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure. It reduces stress hormones adrenalin, noradrenalin and dopamine, reducing sympathetic nerve activity and reducing blood pressure.