Recent studies indicate that the average American spends most of their life (nearly 90 percent) indoors. It’s easy to get caught up with hectic work schedules, childcare, and the responsibilities that come with running a household. With technology at our fingertips, we often forget how wonderful we feel after a breath of fresh air. In fact, research has shown that spending time outdoors has a direct correlation with better physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Taking time in your day to step outside can be worthwhile for your quality of life. If you’re at the office, take a quick stroll. If you’re at home, consider creating a peaceful backyard where you can relax, and indulge in some quiet time. Imagine sipping your favorite brew under an open pergola surrounded by greenery. Whether it’s a break from the kids, the computer, or work deadlines, a mere 15 minutes can do wonders for your well-being.
Here are 7 health benefits of enjoying your coffee outside.
Ease Anxiety & Stress
Spending time outdoors helps ease anxiety and stress. This is because it reduces the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that regulates our blood pressure, respiratory system, and immune response.
Better Physical Health
Lower cortisol levels are linked to better overall health. Conversely, those who suffer from high-stress levels have an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular problems.
Year-Round Outdoor Enjoyment
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Reduce Inflammation & Improve Immune System
Research also indicates that people who spend more time outside have lower levels of inflammation than those who are predominantly inside. In addition, published studies suggest that nature can help boost the body’s immunological defense mechanisms, affecting our immune-regulatory pathways. A more robust immune system means our bodies can more efficiently ward off illness and disease.
Improved Focus & Concentration
Time outdoors has a beneficial effect on our ability to focus and concentrate. Away from the distractions of technology, our cognitive function dramatically improves. Studies have revealed that immersion in nature has restorative effects on the prefrontal cortex attentional system–the part responsible for concentration and creativity.
Vitamin D Exposure
Soak up your daily dose of Vitamin D, which is crucial in helping build and maintain strong and healthy bones. This “sunlight” vitamin has neuroprotective properties that support muscle and immune function.
Perhaps the most significant benefit of a coffee break outside is the immediate impact on your mood. The fresh air invigorates our bodies, giving us a moment to re-set and gain perspective. As a result, being outside–whether in your backyard, at the park, or the beach–makes us feel happier.
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