Magazine article Work & Family Life

5 Good Reasons to Spend More Time Outside

Magazine article Work & Family Life

5 Good Reasons to Spend More Time Outside

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Most of us live the vast majority of our lives indoors (a government estimate says 90 percent of our time). And the older we get, the more inclined we are to stay inside. But a growing body of research suggests the error of our ways. Spending time outdoors seems to have at least five benefits for both physical and mental health.

1 It boosts Vitamin D levels. Most of us don't get enough of the sunshine vitamin. To make all the vitamin D you need requires only ??15 minutes of exposure on your arms and legs a few times a week - when it's sunny outside.

2 You exercise more. Lots of people exercise in gyms and at home, of course, but U.S. surveys have found that indoor life is more sedentary on average. And children were twice as active when they were outside, according to a British study using GPS devices that sense movement (see Research Review on the benefits of outdoor play) . …

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