It's well known that being outside is good for you, but just how good for you is it? Let's take a look at some of the great health benefits spending time outdoors can give you!
Boost Your Immune System
Studies have shown that spending time in the great outdoors can really give your immune system a boost. Isn't that just fantastic? You get to enjoy being outside and you get a little extra protection! Let's take a look at how this works.
Lowering Stress Levels
Spending time outside has been proven to lower stress levels. It allows you to relax, which gives your body more resources to work on other things like digesting food and maintaining the immune system. There is also a possibility that breathing in phytoncides (a chemical produced by plants) can increase our white blood cells, further helping our body's ability to fight infections, cold, flu and any other nasties.
Fighting Depression and Anxiety
Spending time in the outdoors can also help with depression and anxiety, as well as short term memory and our ability to focus. I don't know about you, but whenever I've felt stressed or down, I've always loved to go take a stroll through my local park. Sitting on a park bench, or sitting by the river side with a fishing rod has always felt therapeutic. It turns out it really is! Even sitting in the back garden with a cuppa and a good book can help. Also, lowering the effects of depression and anxiety can have other positive health benefits.
Lowering Inflammation and Helping Prevent Cancer
Studies suggest that spending time outdoors can stimulate the production of anti-cancer proteins, effectively lowering the risk of cancer. Studies also suggest that spending time outdoors lowers inflammation, which can be associated with a number of health problems.
Lowering Hypertension and Cardio-vascular Disorders
Another great benefit of spending time outside is the lowering of hypertension, as this study of elderly subjects here indicates. So going outdoors is absolutely fantastic for your health!
Need a Suitable Product to Go Outdoors?
If you would love to spend more time outdoors, but have a little difficulty because you don't have the right product, we can help! We've written a handy article on the best outdoor scooters here.
So now that you know some of the amazing health benefits of going outdoors, that's all the more reason to put the phone or tablet down and head on out! Head down to your garden! The local park or any accessible areas where you can enjoy the breeze through the trees and the sunshine on your skin! If you need a scooter to use outdoors, you can always give our friendly team a call on 1300 366 545. We can have a chat about some of our fantastic options.