5 Ways Getting Outdoors Boosts Elderly Health
It is spring and it is time to enjoy being outdoors. A number of studies have demonstrated the positive impacts of being outdoors on older adults’ health.
There are many advantages of getting outside for seniors. Here are some advantages.
1.Being outside is a mood-booster.
Being outside, enjoying the sunshine, a warm breeze, or the smell of fresh-cut grass that causes pleasure and boosts your mood. Also, physical activity relaxes and cheers people up, so exercising outdoors has double the benefit.
Another benefit is that exercise reduces the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone) in your blood, while also lowering your blood pressure and pulse rate.
2.You’ll exercise more.
Even though you don’t have to be outdoors to exercise, research suggests that those who get outside tend to be more active overall.
3.You’ll increase your levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is important for everyone, especially for senior. Research shows that this vitamin may have greater disease-fighting powers than others.You can get much of the vitamin D you want just by being under the sunshine for 10-15 minutes a day.But keep in mind, while providing needed protection, many sunscreens block UVB light – which helps generate vitamin D in the skin.
4.It can improve concentration and cognitive health.
In one study, people who took a walk in nature scored higher on a correcting task than those who walked through a city or who did neither.A recent study conducted by the University of Kansas showed that even older adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease can benefit from frequent walks outdoors.
5.Getting outdoors helps boost immunity.
Multiple studies have shown that being outside boosts while blood cell counts and that the effect can last for several days. In a 2005 study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, meanwhile, spinal surgery patients were found to have less pain and needed fewer medications when exposed to natural light.
Obviously, being outdoors provides many positive benefits to senior health – physically, mentally, and terms of long-term health. It is time to go out.