Spending Time Outdoors Can Improve Wellness
Did you know you can boost your health by getting outside? With fall nearly here, why not connect with nature while visiting with friends and family. All you need is a little green space!
“Due to the pandemic, we are gaining a fuller understanding of the importance of the outdoors – from our yard and parks to school yards and sports fields. They are essential to our well-being and to nature, itself,” said Kris Kiser, President of the TurfMutt Foundation.
Simply spending time in a green space is really good for you.
“Research shows that time spent outside reduces stress for adults and children alike,” said Kiser. With indoor gatherings limited in many areas and many people eager to see family and friends, the safest place to spend a fall evening catching up and socializing is your yard.
Reconnect with yourself and others
Be sure to unplug from your devices when going outside. Leave them at home if you can. By disconnecting from constant to-do lists and endless news cycles you can focus that time on nature, family, and friends.
Burn more calories
It seems like everyone has put on the “COVID 15” while in quarantine. Even a little exercise, like a brisk walk around the block, can help us drop extra weight. Did you know that exercising and exertion in cooler temps also burns more calories?
Get a happiness boost
Getting some sun and soaking rays are a great source of natural Vitamin D. This vitamin can improve your mood and help your overall health. Just don’t forget your sunglasses!
Give your eyes a break
Spending too much time staring at screens can overstimulate our eyes. So, close your laptop, turn off your TV, and put your smartphone down. Step outside and take in the wider world around you. It’ll help them relax and widen their focus as you look at the ground and the landscape all around you.
Boost your energy
Another interesting detail is that the outdoors can boost your energy levels. According to research, around 90 percent of people benefit from this.
Stimulate your brain
Research also shows that we are better at performing tasks in cooler weather. So, get out there an dig plant beds, mulch leaves, aerate soil, and plant those trees and shrubs. Even a brisk walk around your neighborhood helps!
Spruce up your outside spaces with outdoor products and make them comfier for fall!
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TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) TurfMutt Foundation and has reached more than 70 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to “save the planet, one yard at a time.” TurfMutt is an official USGBC® Education Partner and part of their global LEARNING LAB. TurfMutt is an education resource at the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, the Center for Green Schools, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2017, the TurfMutt animated video series won the coveted Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award for Best Interstitial Series. TurfMutt’s personal, home habitat is featured in the 2017-2019 Wildlife Habitat Council calendars. More information at www.TurfMutt.com.