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5 Reasons Why Getting Outdoors is Good for Your Health
12/2/2013
Credit:
Jefferson County Parks
One of the biggest reasons to get out and enjoy places like Jeffco Open Space Parks and Trails is something most people may not even realize: it benefits their health in significant ways.

From a July 2010 Harvard Health Letter, benefits to being outdoors include improvements to overall health:

Boost Vitamin D. Studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.

Be Happier. Light tends to elevate people’s mood, and there is usually more daylight available outside than in. Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up.

Improve Concentration. Children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. It might just apply to adults as well.
Heal Faster. In one study, people recovering from spinal surgery experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications when they were exposed to natural light.

Get More Exercise. If you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking and doing other things that put the body in motion.