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4 Ways Spending Time Outdoors is Good for your Health

Sure, being outdoors is nice, but did you realize that spending time outside can drastically improve your health? Below are some significant ways spending time outside can improve the quality of your life.

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Exercise

Exercise

Whether you realize it or not, being outside naturally pushes you to move around. Unless you’re tanning, most people move about almost continuously while they are outside. Nature makes it hard to sit still. Walking and exploring nature, jumping on the tramp, working in the garden or cleaning off your retractable awning are just a few of the things many people do outside.

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Cleanse Your Mind of Stress

Cleanse Your Mind of Stress

Spending time outdoors often, as a part of your life, will help relieve you from the day-to-day stresses. Find projects to do outside your home, such as putting up a retractable awning, planting a vegetable garden or re-painting your fence. If projects aren’t your forte, go hiking with your best friend or loved one and remember your connection to nature.

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Use Your Brain

Use Your Brain

Spending your time watching television, playing video games, and Facebooking, send the brain into a low alpha wave state; which is often a more inactive level than the brain reaches during sleep. Get your kids outside, teach them how to play kick the can or have them help you clean out the retractable awning and sweep off the porch. Being outdoors, seeing and experiencing new things, keeps the brain constantly active.

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Less Time On Your Pockets

Less Time On Your Pockets

The actual act of sitting is more of a health detriment than the lack of exercise. Obesity is a serious problem in America today and sitting around is not getting us any closer to solving the issue. If you don’t enjoy exercising outside, just be outside. When you’re outside, there is no television to stare at so sitting becomes boring. Moving around: putting up a retractable awning, mowing the lawn, helping the kids with a lemonade stand, and maybe even breaking out the sidewalk chalk, can improve your health and your vigor for life.

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