Working in the Great Outdoors is good for you. FACT. The great outdoors IS good for mind, body and soul Trapping ourselves indoors has created what health experts (namely Richard Louv) call 'nature deficit disorder'; depression or anxiety resulting from too little time spend outside. Getting outdoors can do great things for your health. Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving immune function are among nature’s health benefits. What's more, incorporating elements of nature into your workday can also give your brain a boost, resulting in increased productivity, focus and creativity. Harvard physician Eva M. Selhub, co-author of Your Brain on Nature, says "a drop of nature is like a drop of morphine to the brain", since it “stimulates reward neurons in your brain. It turns off the stress response which means you have lower cortisol levels, lower heart rate and blood pressure and improved immune response." Turning off the sensors that are involved in the stress response allows the higher brain centers to be accessed, resulting in increased concentration, improved memory, greater creativity and productivity and reduced mental fatigue. Working in the Outdoors keep you active, you exercise while at work Exercising and working outdoors comes with loads of benefits. Participants in all kinds of studies describe feelings of revitalisation, decreased anger, and increased energy. Other studies found that the outdoors has an overall positive effect on vitality, or your sense of enthusiasm, aliveness, and energy. Simply spending more time outside has been shown to prevent increases in obesity. There are lots and lots of reasons why each activity is good at keeping you fit and healthy.
- Rock Climbing is great for strength, mobility, flexibility and mental health
- Kayaking is great for burning calories, building strength and good mental health
- Mountain Biking is great for fitness and burning calories