Most of us live a fast paced, technology packed lifestyle. Studies show we’re spending an average of 90% indoors, between work, the commute, cooking, cleaning, connecting on social media and more. Unfortunately all this time inside is having a negative impact on our health. Its time we unplugged and stepped outside, even when its cold.
You’ll have more energy.
Studies show people who walk outside reported higher levels of vitality. Often we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee but research suggests a better way to get energised is to connect with nature.
It will help you sleep
If you’re spending too much time indoors you’re isolated from the source of your body’s natural rythms and your sleep cycle is likely to suffer. Natural sunlight helps set our body’s internal clocks, and that people need to get about 30-60 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight for sleep patterns to improve.
Boost Your Creativity and Focus
If you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with a brilliant idea, take a walk outside, go for a surf, hit the slopes. Any outdoor activity will help clear your thoughts. Spending time in nature leads to improvements in focus and higher scores on concentration tests.
Indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor
You may think that you’re safe little home is much better for you than the big wide world, but it’s not so, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Studies have found that the concentration of some pollutants is often two-to-five times, and sometimes more than 100 times higher indoors than outdoors.
Indoors, you’re exposed to things like carbon monoxide and particulate matter from things like fireplaces and cooking appliances, as well as a number of other chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and flame retardants. Chemicals from furnishings, building materials, household and office products, and more can emit particles into the air, and don’t forget mold, dirt, dust, and pet dander.
Increasing ventilation will help, but it’s best for your health to get outside a little bit every day. If you’re experiencing symptoms like burning eyes, breathing problems, scratchy throat, headaches, brain fog, and fatigue, you’re probably spending too much time breathing indoor air.