After a long, cold winter of dark days spent cuddled up on the couch, getting outside seems like a natural instinct once the sun starts shining, the temperatures warm, and the days get longer. However, getting out into nature has several essential health benefits that will encourage you to spend even more of your time in the great outdoors…
1. Improved Physical Health
According to a 2013 British study, published by the National Institutes of Health, living near a green space (i.e., park or public trails) will help improve your physical health—particularly your cardiovascular health.
For instance, the study showed that individuals with a green space in their direct neighborhood not only participated in increased levels of physical activity, but those folks were also more likely to fulfill the daily requirements for weekly physical activity. Findings of this study showed that people living near a green space were 95-percent more active than those living far from a public outdoor space.