3 Reasons to Spend Time Outdoors This Summer
Spending time outdoors has health benefits — and not just because it limits your exposure to Covid-19.
On Memorial Day, we honor members of the military who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The federal holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer.
Are you ready to head outdoors and make the most of the warmer weather? You’re likely to experience some health benefits at the same time.
3 Ways Being Outdoors Is Good for Your Health
- It's a safer way to spend time with friends and family. Covid-19 numbers are rising, but the virus is much less likely to be transmitted outdoors. The CDC says, “In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.”
- Spending time in nature is good for your body. Many studies have found health benefits of spending time outdoors, including lower probabilities of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses. According to this study, people who spent at least 120 minutes in nature in the past week reported higher levels of health and wellbeing.
- Being outdoors has mental health benefits, too. Whether you’re exercising or relaxing, any experience in a beautiful natural setting can help lower your stress level and improve your mood. It’s a great excuse to visit a forest or spend some time near water, especially after spending so much time indoors during the pandemic.
Stay Safe and Healthy While You’re Outdoors
- Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. You know sun protection is important, so make it a daily habit, even when it’s cloudy. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time, so if you haven’t used yours in a while, check the expiration date.
- Protect your family from insect bites. Ticks and mosquitoes can carry illnesses, some of which are serious—like Lyme disease. This article has tips on limiting your exposure. Insect repellent alone may not offer enough protection.
- Always take safety precautions. No matter what outdoor activity you have planned, keep your family’s safety in mind. Here are some reminders for staying safe while swimming or boating. Even yard work can be dangerous, but these tips offer safety guidance for everything from riding mowers to pressure washers.
If you or someone you love is facing a health challenge, coping with a new diagnosis or chronic illness, or needs support maintaining their good health, reach out to an expert health advisor.