The Benefits of Getting Outdoors
It’s not always easy to get outside in Scotland. The weather sometimes makes it harder to motivate yourself to get out into the fresh air.
But there are lots of reasons for you to get up and head outside if you can. Even if it means leaving the TV behind for a wee while.
Getting outside encourages you to be more active. Just by getting up off the sofa or your bed, you are making your body move. And that’s good for it!
Whether you are going to visit friends, or maybe going to do some sport, your body will benefit from the exercise. Your muscles will enjoy the work out, and grow stronger as a result. You’re also less likely to get ill, as your body will be more powerful than before.
And it can help clear your mind too, making you feel happier. Exercise has been proven to help your mental health, and to get rid of worries, stress and anxiety.
The Great Outdoors
The same is true of getting out into nature. If you’ve got somewhere like a park, beach or hills nearby, exploring them is a great way to improve your body and mind. Being outdoors can make you feel more energetic, rather than having to have a sugary snack or an energy drink to keep you going.
On those days where Scotland gets some sunshine, you can make sure you give your body some serotonin. By getting out into the sun, your body will increase its production of a hormone called serotonin, which is thought to make you feel calm and focused and improve your mood.
But remember Scotland often has four seasons in one day, so even if the sun is not shining, put on a jacket and enjoy an exhilarating walk outside, which can be so good for our physical and mental wellbeing.