In recognition of today as summer’s official start-date, say hello to the limitless playground that is Mother Nature!
Go on, get out there…here’s why you should:
1. Increased exposure to fresh air allows the respiratory, cardiovascular, and circulatory systems to function at their optimum.
2. Being surrounded by nature – particularly plant life – has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress, and clinical depression.
3. Healing powers in both the ground and atmosphere build immunity toward chronic illnesses, such as cancer or diabetes.
4. Regular doses of natural sunlight boost the body’s production of Vitamin D, which supports bone growth and density.
5. The green pigmentation found in leafy foliage stimulates energy, elevates the mood, and sparks a burst of creativity.
6. Both holistic medicine and modern science show that walking barefoot on grass fights insomnia, leading to peaceful sleep.
7. Nature’s abundance of sensory stimuli improves concentration, memory, alertness and other cognitive functions.
8. The average person is more likely to exercise outside than at a gym, so even 10 minutes in the backyard triggers movement.
9. Exploring the wonders of this planet promotes adventure and taking chances, which is vital for personal development.
10. Unplugging from technology and greeting the new day improves eyesight, since staring at LCD screens strains the pupils.
11. Even a stroll around the block is ideal for stretching tight muscles and lubricating stiff joints – especially those knees.
12. Any amount of time spent engaging in recreational activities or relaxing outdoors naturally heightens self-esteem.
13. The simple act of leaving those 4 walls behind encourages face-to-face human interaction, connection, and community.
14. A daily retreat from urban pollution – in a park or by a lake, for instance – boosts the body’s white blood cell count by 50%.
15. Another reason to go barefoot outside, walking on earthy, rough terrain activates reflex points that ease physical tension.