Do you ever feel like spending time in nature gives you a pep in your step, a refreshed outlook on life, and a sense of ease? You’re not imagining this. A recent study by the University of East Anglia confirms that being in the presence of trees, leaves, fresh air, and natural light provides health benefits.
The research shows that getting outdoors can reduce stress levels and decrease the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Not only that, but it can also prevent nearsightedness and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
In some cultures, basking in nature is called “forest bathing.” Here’s what you need to know about the rejuvenating practice.
What Is Forest Bathing?
Originating in Japan, forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the act of spending time in nature. While many think of a hike or jog through the woods as forest bathing, it’s more than that. The practice is all about experiencing the natural world through all your senses.
As a result, many people feel recharged and at ease. We’re talking more energy, a better mood, and preparedness for whatever life throws your way. What’s not to love?
Get Outdoors No Matter Where You Live
So, what if you live in an urban setting without easy access to a woodsy area? You can still reap the benefits of spending time in nature. Walk or simply relax in a nearby park, carry your yoga mat to an open green space or stroll through a local arboretum.
Even if you can’t get to a park, riding your bike to work, taking a walk around the block, or eating your lunch outside can give you a similar boost. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or next to a forest, spending time outside is critical to your overall health.
Bad Weather? No Problem
Getting outdoors regularly is a key component to your physical well-being, but keeping up with regular exercise is just as important. If the weather outside is less than welcoming, you can still get a workout in with the MYXfitness home studio.