Getting Outside Is Good For You (Scientifically Proven)

It is that time of year when outdoors there is an array of beautiful colours that makes everyone smile. Just going to your local park and taking in your surroundings can make a difference to your day.  Our Challenge Academy venues are set in amazing parks, even better to enjoy the view from 30ft.

So why exactly does hanging out in nature make us so happy? Turns out, it’s not just our adoration for foliage that leaves us feeling Zen—being outside can actually offer relief for everything from depression to negativity. Here are a few more reasons to get outside and get into a green space, (with plenty of reds, oranges and yellows at the moment too).

It can ease depression

According to a study from the University of Michigan, group nature walks are linked to enhanced mental health and positivity, as well as significantly lower levels of depression and feelings of stress

It may improve your outlook

If you’re dreading the thought of spending another workout chained to the treadmill, move your run outdoors for a quick burst of happiness. A study from Glasgow University showed that people who walked, biked, or ran in nature had a lower risk of poor mental health than people who worked out indoors.

It could improve your focus

Can’t decide where to go on your next weekend getaway? You might want to consider a trip to the countryside or a day out in park land. According to a study published in Psychological Science, interacting with nature gives your brain a break from everyday over-stimulation, which can have a restorative effect on your attention levels.

It can strengthen your immunity

Fun fact: The latest get-healthy pill isn’t found it in your medicine cabinet—it’s in your backyard. Researchers at Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School found that women who spent six hours in the woods over the course of two days had an increase in virus- and tumour-fighting white blood cells, and the boost lasted at least seven days afterwards.

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