Do you remember the last time you stepped outside, closed your eyes, and breathed in the fresh air? How did it feel? Being outside in nature can create the best feelings in the world and a sense of renewed energy. Whether it be going for a walk in the woods, putting on the lycra to take the bike out for a spin, simply tending to the garden, or stepping out the front door, time outside can create positive benefits for your physical and mental health. As chiropractors, we are all about helping the body naturally; it is the foundation of chiropractic care because we understand that the body can heal and stay well with the correct input. And that’s why we are big fans of being outside in nature, which supports the process. From improving mood to enhancing sleep, here are some of our favourite reasons why spending time in nature is so good for health. 1. Get moving and grooving We always encourage our practice community to stay active, as movement is essential for spinal health. And what better way to stay active than to head out into nature? Whether it be a vigorous run or a gentle stroll, movement will help to get your blood pumping and help you to stay mobile. 2. Elevate mood and mental health We all know that life can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but did you know that time out in nature can help to reduce stress and anxiety? It really can-do wonders. Exposure to natural light and fresh air can lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. 3. Enhance your sleep The natural light and fresh air can help to regulate your sleep patterns and improve your sleep quality. Even if it is a few minutes walk in the morning and the same in the evening before it gets dark, spending time outside in the daylight could help you get that well needed rest. 4. Experience pure joy Do you ever get so caught up in your daily routine that you forget to slow down and enjoy life? If you do, you are certainly not alone. However, spending time in nature can help us to put the brakes on. It allows us to take a step back, breathe, and appreciate the beauty around us. And that feeling of joy can last long after we've returned to our daily activities. These are just a few benefits that connecting with nature can have on health. And the best part? They're all completely free and will help to support your chiropractic journey! So why not get outside today and experience the benefits of nature for yourself? We understand it’s not always easy if you are currently struggling with aches and pains, but even small doses of time outside can do you the world of good. Let us know your favourite ways to connect with nature and the benefits you've experienced, we’d love to hear. The content of this blog is for educational purposes and is not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.
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