Spring is just around the corner. Winter snow will soon thaw, birds will begin chirping, and the seemingly dead trees will return to their green hue once again. It seems like all of that is so far away, but it’ll be here sooner than you know!
During the winter — even despite the pandemic —people stay cooped up inside to keep warm. There are plenty of winter outdoor activities, like ice skating, sled riding and snowboarding, but they’re not something you can do every day, nor want to do every day. Enjoying the outdoors is an easy way to boost your health and happiness, but the winter limits how much time you can spend outside.
That’s why you should enjoy the outdoors as much as you can when spring arrives. It’s the perfect season to start fresh and feel happier and healthier. Although some COVID-19 restrictions may limit where you can go, by practicing social distancing and taking the right precautions, you can still soak in every minute of being outdoors this spring.
Below, you’ll find just some of the benefits of getting outside this spring, whether it’s spending time in your backyard or delving into the woods.
Your Vitamin D Levels Increase
Throughout winter, it’s difficult for many people to get an appropriate amount of vitamin D. That’s because there is a limited amount of sunshine during the winter days. Once spring rolls around, the sunshine supply increases and temperatures rise.
When you’re given a sunny day in the spring, step outside. An increase in vitamin D allows your body to recover and strengthen. You get better sleep, your bones stay strong, and your immune system gets stronger. These health benefits should be enough to convince you to go outside this spring, but there are plenty more if you’re not yet convinced!
You’ll See a Boost in Happiness
Since going outside is known to reduce stress that means you’ll be happier. Being in nature reduces feelings of anger, anxiety and fear. The natural light tends to elevate people’s moods. Plus, in the spring, there are more opportunities to do the things you enjoy.
Surround yourself in the outdoors this spring to feel happier. Your entire family can reap this benefit as it’ll give you more hope for this year compared to springtime last year when the pandemic hit.
You Can Exercise Outdoors
Who doesn’t love a free gym space? If you’ve been in a slump with your exercise routine, it’s probably due to gyms being closed and the inability to get a workout outside in the cold. The spring offers warmer temperatures and fresh air, perfect for a run, yoga session or bicycle ride.
Many people admit that it’s easier to exercise outdoors when they’re surrounded by lush greenery. Even if you don’t work out, springtime weather might influence you to go for a walk, which will improve your health.
Your Kids Will Step Away From the Screens
If you start spending more time outside when spring arrives, your kids will likely follow. There are many more opportunities for fun outdoor activities in the spring, like heading to a playground, kicking around a ball or going for a bike ride. Kids need time away from the screen, so going outside is the perfect opportunity to pull them away.
Your children will feel happier and healthier when they put down the device and take a step outside. Encourage them this spring to enjoy nature with you. You’ll get more family time doing this as well.
You’ll Be Surrounded by Nature
Nature has so much to offer in the spring. Trees begin to bud, flowers start to bloom, and everything returns to its green color again! Plus, flocks of birds come back from their annual migration. Not to mention, there are plenty of baby animals to swoon over.
If you don’t head outside in the spring, you’ll miss this incredible transformation that takes place. Spending just a few minutes in nature each day will provide you with these great spring experiences.
You’ll Have Free Aromatherapy
Have you ever wondered why candle, lotion and laundry detergent companies try to mimic the scent of springtime and nature? It’s because the fresh outdoor scents make you more relaxed, and you may feel calmer after stopping to smell the flowers.
Instead of purchasing a candle to light indoors, get outside for free aromatherapy. You’ll get the scent right from the source and feel an immediate peace when you breathe in the fresh spring air.
Your Focus Will Improve
When you’re feeling unfocused in the spring, step outside. You’ll feel refocused, refreshed and ready to tackle any other project you have for the rest of the day.
You Can Get a Jumpstart on Yardwork
It’s never too early to begin your spring cleaning and yard work. If you get it done in the spring, that will give you more time to spend outside when it’s summer. Your summer will be all the more relaxing.
While yard work isn’t always fun, it will get you outside and moving, boosting your health. Plus, you’ll be satisfied with the work you accomplished.
Spring Has Almost Sprung
What’s motivating you to get outside this spring?
Article Submitted By Community Writer