Rain has gone, weather is warming up, clocks have moved forward, flowers are coming out, all the signs that the summer may be around the corner. Does it make you feel that you want to get out there and breath that fresh air after being inside breathing that stale air from the central heating or air conditioning for the last few months. What is stopping you, we often tend to forget about the importance of spending time doing some outdoor exercise and underestimate the health benefits it gives us.
Trees remove pollution from the air, making it healthier for us to take into our lungs. According to the research, the fresh air created by trees is especially beneficial to those living in urban areas, where the air is more heavily polluted.
So it could be time to step outside if you find yourself cooped up with lots of other people at your office, or even in your own home, exposed to all sorts of germs. A simple walk outside can raise your immune system. Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function. Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Study after study shows the benefits it can have. Not only does regular exercise help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of developing diseases, it can help prevent and treat mental health problems. It can boost your wellbeing and mood, and is a great way to unwind from the stresses of life. So why not combine the two, exercise in the fresh air, even once or twice a week could make a difference to how you feel. Your personal trainer can tailor a program to fit your lifestyle and needs.
Fresh air helps you to digest food more effectively. That is why it’s great to take a small walk outside after you eat and could be beneficial if you are trying to lose weight.
The amount of serotonin is affected by the amount of oxygen you inhale and serotonin can significantly lighten your mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being. Fresh air will leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed.
Fresh air can strengthen your immune system, white blood cells kill and fight bacteria and germs and they need enough oxygen to work and function properly.
Fresh air helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the cleansing action of your lungs. When you exhale and breathe out through your lungs, you release airborne toxins from your body.
Your brain needs twenty percent of your body’s oxygen, more oxygen brings greater clarity to the brain, improves your concentration, helps you to think more clearly and has a positive effect on your energy level.
So with a mixture of the two, fresh air and exercise, you should feel more relaxed and healthier and this should help to give you a good nights sleep, waking refreshed to start another day.