Outdoor activities are great way to revel your health and fitness, as nature offers us a great way of boosting up our mental and physical wellbeing. Spending time outdoors in the lap of nature, enjoying the beauty and recreation it offers is an ideal way to refresh our mind and soul. For a nature lover, there are thousands of reasons to step out. But what about the seasons when it’s cold and freezing outside?
Many of us would like to stay indoors, instead of going out, sit nearby the fireplace, with a mug of hot chocolate, fully draped in warm clothes. That has a nice kind of ring to it, isn’t it? But you must reconsider this. Why? There are several reasons.
Have you ever seen how beautiful it is, when the nature drapes on thick blankets of snow? How it gets adapted to the cold weather and multiplies its beauty? Have you ever thought of the health benefits nature offers us, even in these freezing cold temperatures? Yes! You heard it right. There are many health benefits that you can gain by stepping outside.
Enjoy an entirely different and new world
Snow capped trees; roads and nature look totally different and gives you an altogether new feeling or nostalgia. Enjoy the bountiful beauty nature offers in white, the festivities it brings and it is the time we enjoy snow sports. Take a walk in the woods this season or in the national parks and you’ll know exactly what we are trying to tell you. The scenery in the freezing seasons is just like they’re out of fairytales.
Sharpen your mind and focus
According to researchers and various studies, a walk or exercising outside in the cold can improve your concentration and sharpens up the mind. Studies show that taking a walk outside in the cold actually improves brain function and supports flow of thoughts or ideas effectively.
Relax and divert yourself for a while from the busy and tiring schedules
Hectic and routine work schedules can make one’s lives boring and depressing. One may feel ‘trapped’ inside the routine lifecycle, if they’re mostly outdoors kind of person. But, no need to worry about the cold weather or freezing temperatures anymore; take a walk into the beautiful atmosphere or a green space and it’ll certainly give you a feeling of relaxation that fights and get relieved us of anxiety and stress.
Bring peace your mind and soul
Researchers found that there’s a decrease in both heart rate and cortisol levels, when we take a walk outdoors into nature. The pace may be quick or slow, outdoor natural environment certainly brings down your stress and thus making it easier to calm down mind. Also, studies show that nature has the power to heal and boost up our mood. With a relaxed state of mind one can certainly be at peace in mind and soul.
Relieve yourself from depression
Seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as the wintertime blues, is a type of gloominess or depression that is most commonly seen in many individuals in this season; with symptoms like weight gain, lethargy and hypersomnia or long hours of sleep.
According to studies and surveys, the most typical cure for this is bright light healing, which creates the beneficial effects of natural sunlight. Though getting natural sun light and staying up outdoors may not cure completely the depressing mood but it’ll certainly lightens up us from the state of mind.
Improve concentration and creativity
With the brain function and focus improved with a walk outdoors, the mind is definitely said to work effectively with free flow of thoughts. Many people do agree with the fact that when stressed, or mind stuck on worries, a walk outdoors certainly gives you creative and effective ideas and you can concentrate on the things on hand with more vigour.
Boost up your immunity system
Vitamin D, that is critical for cardiovascular health, osteoporosis and mood lift, is obtained in natural light; which cannot be acquired by confining yourself to the four walls. Apart from that, Natural light is curative and the more you expose to sunlight, the quicker it aids you in dropping down the inflammation (common in winters) and stress, and better sleep.
Apart from the obvious reasons, also you can enjoy the winter sports and can’t miss the fun. Be nostalgic while riding down the snowboards or sleds and go skiing along with friends and family. These sports are good for cardiac health and give you good boost in metabolic rate.
You can also, get away from the pollution and save yourself from early deaths risk, make yourself strong and fit and heal up and remove stress. Now that you know the benefits of going outdoors in the cold weather, why wait up? Grab a coat and go for a stroll if you don’t want to take chances with your life. Happy outdoors time.