In these days, most of us are involved in the fast-paced lifestyle. Our life is going very fast and we are spending the biggest part of our day in work or indoors, doing our daily responsibilities. Unfortunately, all this indoor time is having a negative impact on our health.
We need to spend more time in nature. Research has shown that spending time in nature can benefit you both mentally and physically, in a variety of surprising ways. Below you will discover 8 compelling reasons to spend more time in nature.
1. It Improves Your Short Term Memory: Do you know that spending some time in nature can increase your attention span? Yes, it is a fact. In one study, University of Michigan students were given a brief memory test, then divided into two groups. One group took a walk around an arboretum, and the other half took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned and did the test again, those who had walked among trees did almost 20% percent better than the first time. The ones who had taken in city sights instead did not consistently improve.
2. It Decreases Stress Levels: Whenever you fell stressed or tensed, don’t hesitate to head for trees. A 2009 study found that after taking nature walks, people reported lower levels of stress. In another study, students sent into the forest for two nights had lower levels of cortisol — a hormone often used as a marker for stress — than those who spent that time in the city.
3. It is Good For Your Eyes: A number of studies have linked time indoors with the incidence of myopia, or nearsightedness, in children. In 2012, researchers assessed children at ages 7, 10, 11, 12, and 15 years and found that those who spent more time outdoors were less likely to develop nearsightedness.
Time outdoors is also good for adult eyes. The more time we spend with the screen, the more likely we are to suffer dry eye syndrome. Letting the eyes focus on something more distant exercises different muscles and allows the eyes to relax and recover.
4. It is the best way to get some Vitamin D: Most of us are not getting enough vitamin D because we are not getting enough sunlight, and the foods we eat that naturally contain vitamin D don’t contain enough to satisfy optimal requirements. Vitamin D is essential as it helps to prevent osteoporosis and cancer. The best natural source to get vitamin D is the sun. When sunlight hits the skin, it begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D.