11 Scientifically Proven Reasons You Should Go Outside

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By Caileen  |  Wednesday, November 5, 2014  |  , , ,  |  1 comment

Dear Readers:11 healthy reasons to get outdoors

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 get outside:

  1. Improved short-term memory - A quick walking break outdoors during the work day can improve productivity by 20%.
  2. Restored Mental Energy - Cure "mental fatigue" by being in a "restorative environment," a.k.a. the great outdoors!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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 attention."
  6. 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%!
  7. 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 function."
  8. 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."
  9. 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!™

Reference article: http://www.businessinsider.com/11-reasons-you-should-go-outside-2014-4

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