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Healthy Living Series: Outdoors

By: Lola Frailey Wednesday June 3, 2020 comments Tags: Noni farm tour, healthy living

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. 

Did you know? The easiest ways to improve your overall health and well being is to be active and get outdoors.

Improved Sleep

Poor sleep patterns are generally regulated by your circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle primarily to light and darkness. Sleeping at night and being awake during the day is an example of a light-related circadian rhythm. More time spent outside can help regulate your circadian rhythm and improve your sleep cycle naturally. Click here for more sleep tips

Increased Creativity

Suffering from writer’s block or lacking inspiration at the office? Psychologists found that backpackers scored 50% higher on creativity tests after being outside compared to being inside all day. Looking for ways to get more active? We have the answer here

Seasonal Affective Disorder

In the winter, shorter days and lower light levels can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recurring condition that’s marked by symptoms of anxiety and depression. Doctors say spending time outside can lessen Seasonal Affective Disorder’s severity even if it’s overcast outside.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for the body. Vitamin D aids the body to absorb calcium and can help reduce inflammation and maintain a healthy immune system. Although vitamin D is present in some foods, we get more than 90% of our vitamin D from casual sun exposure.

Eye Sight

During a 2012 study conducted in Taiwan, researchers studied two schools where myopia (nearsightedness) were common. One school was encouraged to play outdoors during recess while the other school played inside. After one year, the rate of myopia in the school that played inside was 17.65%. The school that spent recess outdoors was only 8.41%.

Lowers Blood Pressure

A study of 280 participants in Japan concluded as little as a 15 minute walk in the forest can lower a participant's average pulse by almost 4% and blood pressure by just over 2%. Here are other natural ways to maintain your blood pressure levels

How to Increase Your Time Outdoors at Home

You don’t have to completely change your lifestyle to achieve some of the awesome health benefits of spending time outdoors. 

Here are a few tips to help you get outdoors:

  • Work outside if working from home
  • Read on your porch or deck
  • Start an organic garden Get started here!
  • Go for a daily morning walk
  • Eat dinner outside
  • Pick-up an outdoor hobby
  • Take your lunch break outside
  • Plan at least one outdoor activity each weekend 
  • Noni Farm Tour (It’s FREE!)

Come Join us on our free 2 ½ hour Organic Noni Farm and Wellness Tour on our 70 acre certified organic farm. We promise not to put you to work, but you will enjoy the lush, green tropical environment on our family farm. You will learn more about noni (and its many health benefits) plus some great ideas for your garden using earthworms, compost teas, mulch and how to make your own compost. 

Spending more time outside is arguably one of the easiest ways to improve your health and wellness. Don’t believe us? Start tracking the amount of time you spend outside each day in your health journal, and see if you feel healthier and happier! 

How much time do you spend outside on a weekly basis? 

Let us know in the comment section below! 

 

Source:
https://www.businessinsider.com/why-spending-more-time-outside-is-healthy-2017-7
http://mentalfloss.com/article/70548/11-scientific-benefits-being-outdoors
https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/spending-time-outdoors-is-good-for-you
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/a-prescription-for-better-health-go-alfresco
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180706102842.htm
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-the-outdoors-make-you_n_5508964
https://time.com/5539942/green-space-health-wellness/
https://info.totalwellnesshealth.com/blog/the-powerful-health-benefits-of-spending-time-outside
https://www.medicaldaily.com/why-you-need-go-outside-health-benefits-outdoors-410799
https://www.littlethings.com/benefits-of-being-outside/
https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/factsheet_circadianrhythms.aspx

Lola Frailey

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