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10 Reasons We Love the Outdoors

Summer is on the horizon, which means it’s time to enjoy all the positive health perks that being outside can bring. From the health benefits of walking to the vitamin D boost, there are ample reasons to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

At Bethesda, we know outdoor amenities are key to an active lifestyle, so we make sure each of our communities has plenty to offer—things like tranquil courtyards, community gardens and walking paths.

While there are too many health benefits to count from getting outdoors, here are 10 of our favorite reasons to step out and enjoy mother nature:

  • Improve your mental functioning. Quiet time with nature can help you clear your mind, improve your memory and increase your ability to focus.
  • Enjoy an infusion of Vitamin D. The Mayo clinic estimates as many as 75% of us don’t get enough Vitamin D. Even a little bit of sunshine can boost your Vitamin D production.
  • Give your senses a chance to reboot. Turn off the television, shut down the computer, and leave your phone in your pocket. Time away from the screens will restore your well-being.
  • Take a breath of fresh air. Modern HVAC systems do wonders for regulating climate and keeping indoor air fresh, but there’s no substitute for what mother nature offers outdoors.
  • Improve your sleep. Artificial light can affect your natural circadian rhythm and production of melatonin. Even an hour of exposure to natural sunlight can help reset your internal clock and improve your sleeping patterns.
  • Boost your energy levels. The presence of nature can ward off feelings of exhaustion and depression and increase your sense of liveliness.
  • Strengthen your immune system. Natural phytoncides in the air, which come from the wood of trees, can increase the activity of your immune system and help fight disease.
  • Stimulate your brain. When you are outside you often take in new sights, sounds, and smells. Taking in the great outdoors can strengthen your observation skills and increase your attention to details.
  • Give your eyes a break from artificial light. Time indoors has been linked to myopia (near sightedness). Getting outdoors reduces your chances of getting dry eyes and exercise different eye muscles by taking in distant sights.
  • Gain a natural high. Scientists have demonstrated that sunlight and natural air can boost the amount of serotonin in your brain (the “feel good” neurotransmitter). Daily walks can contribute to helping people beat depression.

So, what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and get outside!