It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, so you should celebrate by spending time outdoors! It’s important to stay active, increase your vitamin D intake, and exercise regularly to get some great health benefits.

Let’s take a look at some of the top health benefits you get from spending time outdoors:

Elevated Vitamin D

When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes Vitamin D from cholesterol, but we don’t get enough of it. Actually, 40% of American adults have a vitamin D deficiency. Spending time in the sunshine increases serotonin levels in the brain, making people feel happy and more energetic. By getting small amounts of sun everyday, you can relieve stress and maintain healthy bone strength, too.

Increased Physical Activity

Exercise increases the production of endorphins, the hormone responsible for producing positive feelings, while also improving mood and decreasing feelings of depression. Consider checking out the playground at Cool Creek Park. This newly renovated park is also great for adults and seniors as there will be a SOMAstation to encourage activity and socialization. Similarly, Asa Bales Park in Westfield features workout areas for a great outdoor exercise session. There is no cost to being outside and getting some physical activity. Your mind and body will thank you for it!

Improved Mood

Spending time outside is the natural medicine that you need! It has the ability to positively impact your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Did you know that walking outdoors, in nature or a park, will improve both your memory and attention span? You don’t have to completely change your lifestyle in order to achieve these health benefits. Spending time outdoors will provide you with an energy boost as well as higher levels of concentration, creativity, and improved mental clarity. Have you been out to Monon Trail? It might be the perfect outdoor adventure for you!

Restores Mental Health

Most of us work indoors in front of computer screens all day long before returning home to lounge in front of the TV. Being outdoors will enhance your mental health by reducing stress, lowering depression, and improving your outlook on life. In addition to increasing our moods, it also aids in helping us feel more positive and experience an elevated mood and an improved self image.

If you’re looking for more ways to get outside, visit the Hamilton County website for more information on events and parks in the area, or visit our website for more information like this!

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