Here in the Charleston area we have weather that those in other parts of the country crave. Warm weather, blue skies, and peaceful waves while overlooking the ocean. However, actually getting outside and off our phones can be hard to do in this day and age. These top four benefits of getting outside and enjoying fresh air should be enough to make you take a break from binge watching your latest Netflix show and going for a walk on the beach.
1.) Boosts Mental Health
Getting outside into natural light (aka sunshine) helps improve your mood naturally! Getting even just a little exercise can also help with better concentration as it helps to renew your mind. Transitioning from a busy workday to natural views can instantly lessen stress and anxiety levels.
2.) Initiate Weight Loss
Sitting at your desk all day, going home to sit and watch videos on your phone, these activities do not burn many calories. However, simply getting outside forces you to walk around and want to sight see and explore. From walking on the beach, to commanding a jet ski, these activities can help initiate weight loss.
3.) Increases Vitamin D Intake
Vitamin D can be hard to get enough of from food intake alone. Luckily, by getting outside into the sun, you will be able to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong.
4.)Better Brain Function
By going outdoors and getting fresh air, you are getting more oxygen to your brain, allowing it to better function. According to Advanced Neurotherapy, “the brain is extremely sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels. Therefore when a person takes a walk outside, getting to breathe fresh outdoor air actually improves brain function, especially if a person is cooped up in an office most of the day.”