Why The Key To A Healthier Life Is Spending More Time Outdoors

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

The idea of mother nature’s restorative powers has always held connections to one’s general well being.

Though this means disconnecting yourself from the digital world and immersing yourself into the organic, outdoor life, there is a connection between nature and how your body heals itself.

Studies show that nature helps protect against a variety of diseases such as obesity, ADHD, depression, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The relaxed state nature brings out in people helps boost the immune system capacities, in contrast to everyday stress and anxiety, which actually lowers the immune system as a protective measure.

Still wondering if nature is the right prescription for you? Just watch this video.


Once you get your nature prescription, here’s what to do

  • Nature Retreat: this is your typical ditch your cell phone, leave your computer at home, piss off your boss and your friends retreat. Usually spanning a minimum of 48 hours, this is a major reset button for your mental health and your immune system.
  • Hiking: if you can’t do the nature retreat, a solid hike will do the trick. Comprising of both being in nature and a good bout of exercise, hiking will leave you refreshed and tired, but healthier.
  • Walks in the park on break: living the big city life may not leave much opportunity for hikes, or retreats, so taking a regular walk in the park will contribute just as much to your health. Even if you’re walking squares around a sandbox on a playground, fresh air and sunlight are doing wonders for you.
  • Leisure Swimming: this can occur indoor or outdoor, the latter being the best choice. Leave your worries at the diving board, along with your clothes and skinny dip your way to glowing skin and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Outdoor Workouts: last but not least, escape your normal gym routine, and add some sunlight to your workouts.

“So ask your doctor if Nature is right for you.”

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