As you know, we (the people of Tec Labs) are big fans of the
outdoors… Some of us are hunters, some are runners, there are those
that hike, those that bike, some who fish, some who garden, and the
list goes on! Basically, we love the outdoors and all types of
greenery. We're staying true to our roots that began and anchor,
our business: outdoor solutions since 1962! So imagine my
excitement when, I came across an article outlining the benefits
of… going OUTSIDE! The perfect subject for a Tec Labs post (am
I right?). For the majority of us around here, it doesn't take
a lot of convincing to get outside the four walls of the office or
home. But, we realize there are some who may need a gentle "push."
So here they are, the 11 scientifically proven reasons you should
- Improved short-term memory - A quick walking
break outdoors during the work day can improve productivity by
- Restored Mental Energy - Cure "mental fatigue"
by being in a "restorative environment," a.k.a. the great
- Stress Relief - Scientists believe that
"Forest Therapy" can reduce the hormone often used as a marker for
stress (cortisol), as well as reduce heart rate.
- Inflammation - Researchers believe that
inflammation, the body's natural process to respond to threats such
as damage (stubbing your toe) and pathogens (exposure to flu), can
be lowered by spending more time outdoors!
- Improved Concentration - Scientists suggest,
"Doses of nature might serve as a safe, inexpensive, widely
accessible new tool… for managing ADHD symptoms, as well as waning
- Sharper Thinking & Creativity - Various
studies have concluded that "nature therapy" can restore attention
and memory. In one study, after four days spent in nature,
participants boosted their performance on a creative
problem-solving test by 50%!
- Immune System Boost - In a 2010 review of
previous research related to "forest therapy," scientists
determined, "all of these findings strongly suggest that forest
environments have beneficial effects on human immune
- Improved Mental Health - According to a
culmination of studies, "…anxiety, depression, and other mental
health issues may all be eased by some time spent in the great
outdoors - especially when that's combined with exercise."
- Reduced Risk of Early Death - According to a
Dutch study of 250,782 people, "The percentage of green space in
people's living environment has a positive association with the
perceived general health of residents."
10. Better Vision - For the kiddos
anyway! A 2012 review concluded, "Increasing time spent outdoors
may be a simple strategy by which to reduce the risk of developing
myopia and its progression in children and adolescents."
11. Possible Anti-Cancer Effects -
Studies conducted in Japan have found a connection between heavily
forested areas and reduced mortality rates due to cancer.
Scientists state, "While there are too many confounding factors to
come to a concrete conclusion about what this might mean, it's a
promising area for future research."
Not only are we lovers of the outdoors, we as a company, also
whole-heartedly believe in living a healthy and well life! So the
next time you're sitting at your desk and find yourself "stuck in a
rut," give yourself a 5-10 minute break to get outside and refresh!
Or, if you've been sitting on the couch all day, get up and go for
a walk outside for some fresh air and a jump-start! Stressed out?
Get outside! Need a boost? Get outside! The benefits are aplenty,
just go for it!
Live life. Get outdoors!™