Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of work and writing. We had some warm days last week which I am grateful for, but I’m ready for more. I’m ready for summer. Those consistently hot days when all I want to do is read in the shade while listening to the waves rolling in and crashing on the shore.
This summer, I plan to get out into nature more. I’m going to make a concerted effort to get to the lakeshore and see more sunsets and walk along the beach. I’m also planning on doing more hiking.
Getting outside is good for our mind and body. Hiking in the woods is a great way to relieve stress after a busy day at work. It’s good for our immune system, too. The trees release phytoncides. These compounds are anti-fungal microbes that defend the trees from fungus, bacteria, and even animals. By breathing them in they help our immune system as well by telling worn out cells it’s time to go. No wonder I always feel better after a hike through the woods.
Walking by the water is also beneficial. Something about the calming sound of the waves against the shore seems to unravel the tension inside of me. Walking in the sand barefoot has two benefits. It’s a great source of exercise for your leg muscles, and it’s a form of earthing or grounding.
Grounding is a way of transferring the earth’s electrons to our bodies. It’s accomplished by walking barefoot on the earth or by digging around in the soil. For example, planting a garden or flowers. This transfer of energy is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant according to experts. Inflammation is a common denominator in many life-threatening diseases. Just think by grounding twenty minutes a day, you reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Let’s not forget the sun. We get vitamin D from the sun. This vitamin is essential for strong bones. It helps them absorb calcium which makes them stronger. Are you seeing a theme here?
Do you remember when you were a kid, and you’d spend the whole day outside riding your bike and playing near the water? We were doing more for our health than we realized. I plan on spending more time outdoors this summer. I hope you can, too. What are some of the outdoor activities you enjoy? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
10 thoughts on “The Great Outdoors, It’s Good for You!”
I’ve tried doing more walking than I did before, and it’s certainly better than spending that time on the computer.
Yes it is. Much better for your body. Thanks for stopping by, Andrew! I appreciate your support!
Summers at home in Ohio were so wonderful. We would spend the whole day outside–packed a lunch and my mom ran the dinner bell in the evening when it was time to go home. I wish my boys could have this experience, but we are very hot and humid in the summer, and at 95 and sticky–my boys would come home with heat stroke. So, we do a lot of swimming at the pool. Not the same as being in nature tho!
I hear you. I wish my boys had that same experience, but sadly, we live in a different world these days. I don’t know if I’d feel comfortable letting them run around like I did when I was younger. Swimming is great exercise, too! Even if it’s not in nature, they’re getting out into the sun which is beneficial as well. Soak up all that vitamin D you can! 🙂
Yes, loved going outside in the summer, and camping with my family. Planning on doing a lot of e-biking with my hubby this year! Great post, Lisa!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! Enjoy those bikes and the sunshine! Soak up that vitamin D!
I am so thrilled to be going home to Virginia for the summer where the first thing I want to do is walk barefoot in the grass and breath in the smell of the forest around me! 🙂
Good for you! I’m excited for you! Enjoy your time in Virginia. I hear it’s a beautiful state! 🙂