Why Get Outside?

Are there health & work benefits of getting outside?

There may be more than you think!

Check out the articles below:

Being outside can improve memory, fight depression, and lower blood pressure — here are 12 science-backed reasons to spend more time outdoors – Business Insider. “Spending time in forests, hiking in mountains, and just being outside can lead to significant health benefits. Studies have shown that walking in the woods can improve blood pressure, boost mental health, and decrease cancer risk.”

How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say – The New York Times. “Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors.”

The Powerful Health Benefits of Spending Time Outside – TotalWellness. This is a good article that not only describes benefits of getting outside but also provides “a few simple tips to help you spend less time inside and more time enjoying nature”.

  1. Increased happiness
  2. Improved memory
  3. Stress relief
  4. Reduced inflammation
  5. Energy boosts
  6. Vitamin D boosts
  7. Stronger immune system

People who spend more time outdoors lead more fulfilling lives, new research shows – The Washington Post. Spending time outdoors is linked to a serious boost in well-being, the kind that lasts a lifetime”

Health Benefits of Getting Outside – WebMd. This slideshow highlights and describes the following benefits and more:

  1. Increases exercise
  2. Increases vitamin D
  3. Reduces anxiety
  4. Opportunity to be social
  5. Improves sleep
  6. Improves self-esteem
  7. Improves focus
  8. Improves immunity
  9. Boosts creativity
  10. Helps manage weight
  11. Improved mental heath

Work Related

5 Data-Backed Ways Working Outdoors Can Improve Employee Well-Being – Forbes.com. “Connecting with nature is essential to our well-being and our ability to be productive. Incorporating elements of nature into work environments can reduce stress, enhance creativity and increase productivity.”

How the Great Outdoors Can Increase Your Productivity – Inc.com. “Our findings suggest that engaging in these green microbreaks–taking time to look at nature through the window, on a walk outside, or even on a screen saver–can be really helpful for improving attention and performance in the workplace“.

Reducing Stress by Bringing the Outdoors into the Office – Undercover Recruiter. Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into the workplace were found to reduce stress, blood pressure levels, and heart rates while increasing productivity and creativity.”

Why you should Encourage your Staff to go Outside – Staff Squared. “Whichever way you encourage your staff to spend more time outside, the knock-on effects it’ll have on your business will be positive ones: happier, healthier and more productive staff can only be a step on the right direction”.

How Walking Meetings Can Unlock Your Creativity at Work – Thrive Global. “Scheduling a walking meeting exposes you to new environmental stimuli outside your usual working setup that can help recontextualize the problem you’ve been grappling with, and may just spark the new idea or insight you need to move a project forward.”