Just. Go. Outside.

You’re ready for spring to get here - and get here NOW, so that you can get outside to play.   Well, we can’t do anything about that.  But!  YOU can.

Just. Go. Outside. Even if it doesn’t feel like spring yet.

We can all feel the benefits of being outside.  The wind in our hair.  The sun on our skin.  The fresh air in our lungs.  The resulting lightness in our step.  What’s that all about? 

Even in the cold, the health benefits of being outside abound. 

  • Colder temps help people think clearly and you are more apt to tackle cognitive problems in cooler temperatures than in warmer ones. 

  • The cold air can help you burn more calories because your body is working harder to maintain your core body warmth. 

  • In winter weather, your allergies can improve because pollen is virtually nonexistent.  But linger too long inside and you could be exposed to more dust and mold allergies.

  • Just like icing an injury, the cold air can act as an anti-inflammatory agent.

So grab a scarf and gloves and GO.

Being outside in the warmer temps is a no brainer, but here are some more benefits of our physical play that you wouldn’t expect.  Add being physical to a nature environment and you can experience the following:

  • Nature walks have memory promoting effects that a walk in an urban area does not have.

  • Physical expressions of stress are reduced with lower cortisol levels, heart rates, and blood pressure.

  • When your brain is experiencing mental fatigue, getting outside can help reinstate your mental energy. 

  • Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues may be reduced by spending time in nature.  Even self-esteem and moods can feel a shift to the positive when experiencing so called “green exercise.”  Add water, and the impact is even greater!

  • Concentration and creativity can increase after being exposed to “nature therapy”.

  • Preliminary research indicates that nature can stimulate the production of anti-cancer proteins and a boost to the body’s immune system. 

Take advantage of hiking, biking, swimming, sitting in the sunshine, spending time at a local park.  Check out the trails and family events at local parks and a find a new, healthier version of yourself this spring!

Real. Positive. Change. - Judi