Get out of the office and head outdoors!

Get out of the office and head outdoors!

by Pamela Ng 20 Feb 2020

The digital age sees people spending more and more time indoors with their devices and gadgets. While it’s hard to argue with comfort and convenience, the rise of health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure has also been attributed to the long-term use of electronics. Not going outdoors usually means being inactive for long periods of time, and that is definitely not the way to live, at least not healthily.

 

In recent years, obesity and other weight-related health problems have been on the rise, and the trend is especially alarming for young children. Along with medical prescriptions and drugs used as cures or for temporary relief, some medical experts point to the outdoors as a wholesome preventive measure.

 

Staying active with the outdoors

While the outdoors may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is definitely good for everyone. It helps you get the appealing and healthy tanned look as well as allows the sun to shine on your skin for a good dose of vitamin D, which allows your bones to better absorb calcium.

 

Instead of going out aimlessly, arrange for a day at the beach or park with your family and friends. Sports like volleyball and simple childhood games like Tag can do wonders for your body and muscles, especially when the majority of your time is spent at work in the office.

 

Feeling good

There is always some level of movement that you’ll inevitably do whilst under the sun, whether it’s strolling, running or playing a sport. Moving your body allows endorphins to be released, and this helps to improve your mood and make you a happier person. Stress and unhappiness may bring you down, but the outdoors would never fail to bring your mood back up.

 

Getting off the meds

Playing sports and exercising in the outdoors can alleviate and improve health problems and mental conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and depression. With improvement to your body and health, existing medications can be tapered off and gradually stopped altogether. Not only does it reduce your dependency on prescription drugs, but can also save you tons of money in medical expenses.

 

So instead of staying in over the weekends, go out with your loved ones and experience what nature has to offer! Not only will this be beneficial to your general well-being, it is also a great opportunity to take a long-overdue break from technology and bond with your family and friends. There’s nothing else quite like it!

 

References

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/parks-prescribes-doctors-health-environment/

https://www.fastcompany.com/3030756/now-doctors-are-prescribing-walks-in-the-park-to-get-us-off-our-butts