The UK has experienced weeks of hot and dry weather in what is shaping up to be one of the best summers since my memory began. I for one think it’s great. Having spent quite a bit of time travelling Asia and Australia recently, it feels like some of that experience has followed me home. So, let’s stop complaining about the heat and make the most of it. Especially as being outdoors is good for your wellbeing, mental health and just generally seems to put everyone in a better mood
I know myself that waking up to a dry sunny day makes me a much happier person. And it turns out the University of East Anglia’s new report agrees. They have revealed that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.
Exercising outdoors with your friends is pretty good for you too according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan. They found that group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being. Plus, we all know by now that exercise in general has many health benefits if conducted regularly and consistently. One research review, that summarised key findings of 40 papers, states that exercise can cause a reduction in around two dozen physical and mental health conditions.
Good weather is also a major motivator for improving the health and fitness of the country. I’ve seen a lot more people out on their bikes, out for walks and out running in the last few weeks. It’s great to see the UK being able to enjoy the outdoors lifestyle that I see in so many other countries. It’s a great opportunity to get the whole family to put technology down and teach the younger generation that there is more to life than video games and social media. So, let’s save our TVs for the less favourable weather and go enjoy some activity outdoors.
I leave you with this list of outdoor activities and the calories that they burn in the hope that it motivates you to increase your activity levels and get some vitamin D. Don’t forget your sunscreen and water bottle!
Calories burned in 60 minutes: