Getting Outdoors Is Good For You: Here’s Why

There are benefits to spending time outdoors

The Benefits Of Being Outdoors

All of the team members at Bruce Sexton Dentistry know that having a healthy smile is just part of a healthy lifestyle. We want you and your family to be healthy and happy. Summer is a great time to get the benefits of being outdoors and to enjoy some sunshine while you make some family memories. If your family activities result in a dental injury or if you want to schedule dental cleaning and checkups now for the fall please call our office today and we will be happy to help you.

Here in Wayland, Michigan the summer might not last very long, but it will be sunny and beautiful while it’s here. A Wayland, MI summer is perfect for family time because there are so many great outdoor activities for families to enjoy here. Boating, hiking, fishing, camping, or just spending the day playing at the park all have some big health benefits for you and your kids like:

More Exercise

Both kids and adults spend too much time sitting down in front of screens, and both kids and adults can develop health problems from too much screen time. You can keep screen time to a minimum this summer with family activities that will keep you and your kids moving. The warm sunny weather in Wayland, MI during the summer is perfect for physical activities like:

  • Rollerskating or rollerblading
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Playing in the park
  • Kickball
  • Pickleball
  • Red Rover or Hide and Seek
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Riding Bikes

And many more. Take your kids outside and play this summer!

Less Stress

Study after study has shown that one of the best ways for adults to lower their stress levels is to spend time being in green spaces outdoors. Just spending half an hour of time outdoors can dramatically lower your stress levels. And lower stress levels will improve your heart health. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight. When you are chronically stressed, your brain tells your body to make more of the stress hormone cortisol, which helps people function under stress. But high levels of cortisol can be harmful to one’s health and even contribute to weight gain, especially in the belly.

More Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for good health. Humans need Vitamin D to help the body retain calcium and phosphorus, which keeps bones and teeth strong. Some of the Vitamin D that humans need comes in food, but the primary source of natural Vitamin D is sunlight. During cold and dark Michigan winters, many adults aren’t getting the Vitamin D they need to stay healthy so getting outdoors in the summer sun can give your body a Vitamin D infusion. Vitamin D can also help slow the growth of cancer cells, fight inflammation in the body, and control infections.

Lower Blood Pressure

Time spent walking in nature or even just sitting outdoors breathing fresh air and looking at the green grass and the trees can lower blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you should take advantage of every opportunity to get outdoors – even if it’s just hanging out in the backyard with your family after dinner or going for a walk around the block with your kids in the morning. Lowering your blood pressure now can help you avoid years of serious health problems as you get older.

Better Focus for You and Your Kids

There are studies that indicate that adults and kids who have ADHD, ADD, and ASD and have trouble focusing or sitting still as a result of these conditions have improved ability to focus their attention and be physically still after spending at least thirty minutes outdoors. If your child has trouble focusing or sitting quietly, making outdoor time a regular part of your schedule can dramatically improve their ability to learn and concentrate. Try taking your child for a walk or running around in the backyard before attempting any projects that require focus or concentration to see if it helps them. It may also help you focus more.

More Happiness

One of the biggest benefits of spending time being outdoors is more happiness. The summers when your kids are young won’t last forever, and they will go by faster and faster every year. Every time that you spend an hour with your kids outdoors playing hide and seek in the backyard, or riding bikes to the park, or spending the morning at the community pool… you are creating memories that will stay with your kids for the rest of their lives. Enjoy the summer sun, make memories, and call us at Bruce Sexton Family Dentistry when it’s time to get dental cleanings, exams, or other routine care for you and your kids.