The coronavirus restrictions we’ve all had to live with have taught us the importance of getting outside and into the fresh air. Whether you step out to get your daily exercise in or to walk a furry friend, there’s plenty of reasons why braving the cold of the North East and stretching your legs can be good for your health too:
- It helps clean your lungs
Your lungs dilate more from having an increase of oxygen, so fresh air improves the cleansing of your lungs. You release airborne toxins from your body when exhaling through your lungs.
- It gives you more energy and mental focus
You may have noticed after spending time outside that you come back indoors feeling brighter and perhaps more motivated than before.
More oxygen results in greater brain function; improving your concentration skills. Spending time outdoors produces more serotonin and gives you a feeling of satisfaction and prosperity. Fresh air leaves you feeling increasingly revived.
- It lowers blood pressure and heart rate
Spending time outside has a wide range of health benefits. New research reveals that exposure to green spaces reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress and high blood pressure.
- It can improve your digestion
Fresh air increases the flow of oxygen throughout your body, which helps you digest food more effectively, so this will be particularly helpful if you are trying to lose weight.
- It can boost your immune system
Venturing outside will also help you produce vitamin D from the sun (when it makes an appearance, although day light does still count!) which is essential for lots of bodily functions, including supporting our immune system, strengthening our bones and more.