The REALLY great outdoors

After what feels like forever being cooped up indoors, we’re appreciating our time outside all the more. We all know that exercise is good for us, but there can be some rather unexpected and surprising benefits that make embracing the great outdoors even more worthwhile!

We all know that trees are great at helping keep the air around us clean, but did you know they also emit phytoncide – a mix of essential oils that when inhaled can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production and boost the immune system.

Sunlight can actually help you sleep.  The cells in your eyes need enough light to get your body’s internal clock working. Early morning sunlight has been shown to be most   beneficial.

Walking amongst nature can improve your memory by as much as 20% when compared to taking a stroll through built up areas

By getting outside and away from our computer screens for a few hours a day it’s possible to reduce near-sightedness and ease headaches and migraines.

Walking is good for your brain. The impact of your foot on the ground sends pressure waves through the arteries increasing blood flow to the brain. This in turn allows us to focus better.

With doctors now in some cases prescribing exercise instead of medication for conditions such as depression and anxiety, it just shows us how important it is to get out there and make the most of what the world can offer us.