July 14, 2016
The sky is blue, the sun is shining—and you’re at your desk with no chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. Sure, you could open the windows in your office to feel the breeze, but doing so doesn’t deliver the same mental and physical benefits as actually being outdoors. Research has shown that the benefits of fresh air are numerous, including:
- Happiness and longevity: Spending time outside reduces depression and increases creativity. There is also some evidence showing that you may live longer if you incorporate a daily dose of fresh air into your schedule.
- Improved health: Taking the time to get outside usually leads to some sort of physical activity, such as walking, jogging, or biking, which are likely to lead to better health.
- Reduced stress levels: As you might expect, when you head outdoors for a breath (or two) of fresh air, your stress levels drop and your productivity levels increase.
- Safer communities: Communities with infrastructures that support their citizens spending time outside (i.e. having more green spaces, parks, and recreational trails) tend to have lower crime rates. And that’s good news for everyone!
The weather doesn’t have to be perfect to reap the benefits of getting outside for some fresh air. Also, you don’t have to spend hours outside…just 10 to 15 minutes a day will do. The most important point here is to make a commitment and do what your body wants you to do. Get up from your desk, take a break, and breathe in some nice clean air!