This June, celebrate all of the wonders of the great outdoors by getting outside during National Great Outdoors Month. What began as Great Outdoor Week during the time of President Clinton has now become a month long celebration of all of the benefits of being outdoors. One reason many people don’t get outdoors as much as they should is because they don’t know where to go. There are national and state parks as well as public areas near everyone. Campgrounds are popular for those who enjoy camping and even spending time in your own backyard or local park can bring enjoyment.
What are the health benefits of being outdoors?
- Your sleep improves. Natural light keeps your circadian rhythms in check so your sleep patterns aren’t interrupted. Exposing yourself to sunlight in the early morning is important. You are also getting away from indoor pollutants. On a side note, to improve the air in your home, buy houseplants such as aloe and chrysanthemum which remove pollutants.
- Mental health. Spending time outdoors is known to improve anxiety levels and help with depression. Time in nature helps boost serotonin, not to mention it also involves exercise which can aid in depression and help you keep physically fit.
- You receive a natural source of vitamin D. Most of us are low in this vitamin which is essential in maintaining a healthy immune system. A lack of vitamin D can lead to such things as osteoporosis, cancer, auto-immune disorders and Alzheimer’s. Try to spend time in the sun before 10 a.m. or after 4p.m. for maximum benefit without damage to your skin.
This year look for events in your area that celebrate National Great Outdoors Month. Some examples are National Marina Days and the Great American Campout.