As we have just passed the Equinox on the 21st June, the countdown to Summer is now on! The outdoors beckons. Heed that call and you’ll reap physical and mental health benefits.
When thinking about our health, many of us tend to focus on the quality of our diet and exercise. We often believe that if we perfectly “dial in” our diet and exercise routine, then optimal health will surely follow. This can lead to the neglecting of certain important relationships in our lives, including our relationship with nature.
Have you ever taken a mountain bike ride through the forest and felt soothed by the sound of the wind in the trees or the crunch of the rocks beneath your wheels? Have you been moved by the beauty of a snow-capped mountain range as you ski down its white powder? Who wouldn’t enjoy an evening watching the sunset at the beach, sand between the toes, with the rhythmic ocean waves lapping at the shore? Have you savoured the taste of salt water, running down your face as you come up for air after shredding on that last epic wave of the day? Experiencing these profound moments of peace, happiness, or wellness in the context of nature demonstrates that contact with nature is an integral part of our well-being.
Research has shown that lack of sunlight and the outdoors causes stress, mental fatigue and a longer recovery after illness. Because our culture has traded our relationship with nature for our relationship with technology, our children are bearing the brunt of this and research has shown that it may be the cause of them suffering from ADD, hyperactivity and depression.
While we may not be able to quit our jobs, sell our houses, and move out into the wilderness (or can we?), there are many benefits to spending more time outdoors.
Studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Make sure that you’re wearing your SLNKO Zinc so that you can stay outdoors for longer. Protect your face against harmful rays from the sun and enjoy the sunlight rich in vitamin D.
If you make getting outside a goal, that should mean less time in front of the television and computer and more time walking and doing other things that get your body moving.
Light tends to elevate people’s mood, and there’s usually more light available outside than in. Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up, so it also means more smiles. If you’re wearing SLNKO Zinc, you’ll certainly make more friends!
Children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors. It might be a stretch to say that applies to adults, but if you have trouble concentrating, outdoor activity may help. Put SLNKO Zinc on the whole family and go for a walk, or a park run if you’re feeling more adventurous!
Studies have shown that people recovering from surgery experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications when they were exposed to natural light.
So there you have it, so many reasons to be outdoors. Put on your SLNKO Zinc and take the time to dream, to believe, to live!