Get out there and play!

July is National Parks and Recreation Month

Americans spend nearly 93% of their time indoors. Here’s the thing though: spending time in nature is really important for your optimal health. More and more, scientific studies are uncovering the different health benefits from spending time outdoors.

Here are five of those health benefits:

  • You are more likely to be active. If you spend too much time inside, then it’s possible that you’re not moving around enough. If you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking and doing other things that put the body in motion.

  • You will become more relaxed. According to research, it only takes five minutes to experience the relaxing effects of nature.

  • Your concentration will improve. Going outside can have some impactful results on your brainpower. Studies show that spending time outside can improve creative thinking. Also, children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors.

  • Your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure will be lowered. People who spent more time in the forests had lower blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and a lower pulse than people who spent more time indoors.

  • Your vitamin D levels rise. Sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Studies suggest that just 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight exposure per day can help your body to create vitamin D that it needs to promote vitamin absorption, strengthen bones and improving your immune system.

Bottom line - taking advantage of your local public park is a simple and economical way to improve your physical fitness. Here are some of my pictures from last week’s trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah. I hope they inspire you to get outdoors and live a healthy and happy life! _Antonio