There is no doubt that our lives have become more confined to our living and work spaces. Although the advent of latest technology and different work ethics have made life easier, it is evident that the holistic aspect of life has taken a backseat. Continuous researches on human lifestyle have shown a rapid decline in the quality of emotional and physical well-being.

However, majority of those who made efforts to spend a few hours outdoors everyday have had better mental and physical health than those who remained inside. Below, we will discuss the primary factors that call for you to spend more time outdoors:

Calcium deficiency caused by lack of sunlight and vitamin D

Calcium deficiency directly affects the bone density and most of the time this goes unnoticed. It only comes to attention when your bone breaks due to a fall. The reason for weakened bones is primarily the lack of exposure to sunlight which results in vitamin D levels dropping to severe degrees.

Our body generates vitamin D from cholesterol when the skin is exposed to sunlight. This vitamin contributes to maintaining good health and keeping the bones strong. It helps the body absorb calcium from the food and supplements we eat. When you are not in the sunlight for a long time, calcium deficiency kicks-in and makes you prone to serious bone injuries and diseases.

Increased anxiety from a secluded or isolated lifestyle

Feeling anxious all the time can completely drain you out and can demotivate you. Major reason for you feel this way is due to the secluded or isolated lifestyle where you don’t move out of a space for hours and sometimes days.

On the contrary, multiple researches have shown that staying outdoors can have substantial impact on your mental and physical health in a positive way. A mere 15 minutes spent outside can make a great difference in uplifting your mood and making you feel much more energized. Going out in the sun is the best thing you can do for yourself, if you are used to staying inside for long periods.

Simple activities like going for a walk and cycling are very effective in bringing down anxiety and stress. If possible, you can go to places with a lush green environment as it will have greater impact on your mental health than walking on a sidewalk in the city.   

You can even take things a step further by forest bathing. This is a kind of activity where you absorb and enjoy nature by just being present and aware of your surroundings. This has shown highly impressive results where anxiety and stress level have gone down drastically.

Always being tired and achy from long periods of inactivity.

This is majorly a cause of inactivity and stagnation in connecting with the outside world. Mostly, people with desk jobs face this problem where they feel tired all the time and have aches and pain in different parts of the body.

Taking short breaks and going for a quick walk can help energize you and relieve those body aches. You can stretch your legs and take in fresh air, which would definitely make you feel better. Taking out even 10 minutes can help you get rid of the lethargy.

Identifying these symptoms can help you lead a better life with lesser stress and more energy. An overall improvement in your state of living can contribute to better productivity, much deeper connection with loved ones, and a better physical health.