Living on Long Island, it isn’t always easy to spend time outdoors. The majority of the year has cold and chilly weather. Even now it is May and we are still getting days in the 50’s. Now that the weather is heating up, somewhat, I am really making the most of my time outside. As much as I love to play video games and read about Uber’s prototype for flying taxi’s, I need to be outside. There are also many health benefits to being outdoors, including vitamin D from the sun.
Going For Runs
The best feeling about running outside is feeling the wind blow through my hair. It’s invigorating to only think about the trail or road in front of you. All your worries pass you by and you gain positive mental thoughts. This helps will me forgetting about my ex-girlfriend. I have a bad habit of reading her text messages with my cell phone spy app. When I go on runs, I put away my phone and only think about what is best for me. And she wasn’t.
Most people don’t stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Take time out of your day to look at nature. Look at the flowers that are now blooming, how mesmerizing are they. Going for runs on a trail are ideal for bird watching and feeling peaceful. Being outdoors is good for your brain and your spirit. There is a calmness and stillness about nature that can soothe a persons brain. Sitting in congested traffic, waiting in line for coffee all add stress to our brain.
Another added health benefit to being outside is easing or preventing depression. Scientists from the University of Michigan had groups of people going for walks and recording their feelings. After going for these walks, the people linked walking and enhanced mental health. Having a more positive outlook on life can make stresses from work or family much easier to handle. Meanwhile if someone is upset with the world, everything that happens to them will be taken personally.
As well as feeling better, you will also look better from being outdoors. Of course you have to walk or run for these effects to take place. Losing weight is great, but lowered blood pressure is essential to long term health. Longer lifespans are often linked to better physical health. Age doesn’t have to define you, a person can be in amazing physical shape at any age. My dad is nearing his 60’s and is in better physical shape than some 20 year olds.