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The Impact of Nature and Outdoor Activities on Well-Being


medically reviewed by Dr Neethu

Ruchika Sehgal

Updated on October 25, 2023

Nature can create many emotions, such as calmness, joy and creativity. It profoundly impacts one's mental and physical health, thus contributing to well-being. If we mainly talk about physical fitness, outdoor activities contribute majorly to one's health, keeping them healthy, fit and active. 

This blog explores the vital impact of nature and outdoor activities on our well-being and suggests ideas to incorporate them daily.

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Benefits of Engaging in Nature and Outdoor Activities 

Exercising outdoors ensures physical as well as mental health. Spending time in the lap of nature helps lift mood and reduce stress and depressing thoughts. Let's take a look at how spending time with nature is beneficial:

Soaking the Sun

The first and foremost advantage is that your daily dose of Vitamin D gets met. Vitamin D is essential for strengthening bones. If one is exposed to nature daily, the reliability of medicines for vitamin D intake gets reduced. 

Strong Immune System

Spending time with nature strengthens your immune system. It also helps in building immunity.

Healthy Weight Management

People who exercise outside than working indoors tend to burn more calories and lose more weight.

Improved Self-Esteem

Exercising outdoors helps relieve mental stress, thus making an individual feel better and boosting his self-esteem.

Increased Social Interactions

You meet many new people when you exercise outdoors. This provides you with an opportunity to make good social connections.

Living in the Present 

Nature supports mindfulness, assisting you in staying entirely engaged in the current moment.

Mood Upliftment

Exercising outdoors not only helps in improving physical health; it also helps in reducing stress. Spending time in natural light helps in lifting one's mood.

Improved Concentration

Taking a break from your gadgets helps your mind relax. Returning to tasks with a rejuvenated sense helps improve concentration and increase an individual's performance level.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety

Spending time with nature can keep your heart rate at par. Engaging in activities like walking, cycling, and gardening destresses you and offers a welcoming break from the regular chaos of life.

Nature Therapy and Well-Being

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Nature therapy, ecotherapy, or green therapy improves mental well-being by actively engaging in nature. It includes activities like gardening, nature excursions, and greenery bathing. Try to have outdoor activities in your daily routine and feel the difference.

Nature immersion leads to a positive impact on your overall health, i.e. mental as well as physical, thus ensuring holistic development. One can work towards improving mental health by spending time in the lap of nature.

Practical Tips for Embracing Nature and Outdoor Activities 

Embracing nature and spending some time in outdoor activities have many positive effects on one's physical, mental and emotional health. There is a connection between nature and happiness. 

By engaging yourself in outdoor activities, you tend to destress yourself, thus promoting freshness in thoughts and peace of mind, improving your happiness. Here are a few ideas through which you can embrace nature:

Small Walks

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If you have recently started walking, target small distances. Slowly and gradually increase the target when your stamina gets built up.

Plan Your Day with Outdoor Activities

Plan your day such that you get an ample amount of time outdoors. Take your time completing your outdoor activities.

Unplug from Devices

Please turn off your devices, be it laptops, phones, or tablets, so you can spend time with nature without distractions and enjoy outdoor activities for stress relief.

Keep Hydrated and Choose Snacks Smartly

Carry more water and small energising and protein-packed snacks to keep you hydrated and satiate your hunger pranks while enjoying your outdoor activities.

Dress Appropriately

Choose moisture-wicking loose clothes with appropriate layering. Remember to carry your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito or bug repellant.

Practise 'No Trace'

Respect Mother Earth and avoid leaving trash like food packets, empty water bottles, and tissue papers in the open. Dump them in the proper bin, thus fulfilling your duties as responsible citizens.

Safety is the Priority

Before heading out, make sure someone from your family knows about your plans and whereabouts so that God forbid, if the need arises, they will be able to reach you. Always carry fully charged phones, power banks, maps or GPS devices.

Explore Mindfully

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Use your senses to take in the sight, smell and fragrances around. Spend quality time, pause, breathe deeply and admire the charismatic beauty of nature.

Make Memories

Take photos, make albums, journals, and sketches. You can do this digitally, too, to document your experiences.

Create a Routine

Make it a practice to go weekly, fortnightly or monthly for outdoor activities. This will keep you motivated, rejuvenated and stress-free.

Establish Your Checklist of Goals

Mark some destinations for yourself, like walking a particular stretch at one specific time, hiking to a certain level, cycling for a certain number of hours, etc. and try to achieve those goals. Once you reach your target, the sense of achievement gives you another boost.

To Wrap it Up!

Nature bestows invaluable blessings upon our well-being. The benefits of outdoor activities are many, ranging from reduced stress to enhanced mental performance to building close relationships with self and environment. Accept the captivating appeal of nature and try to incorporate outdoor activities to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health and witness the positive impact of nature on your well-being. Then, you will feel that nature and well-being go hand in hand.

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