How the Great Outdoors Boosts Your Health

by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM

Over the last few years, a number of medical studies have suggested that spending time outdoors can boost your mental and physical health. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, tells us why you should get outside and enjoy the weather for your health!

How can being outdoors improve our health?

Nurse Rose: Experts suggest that spending time outdoors may improve your health in a number of ways, including: 

  • Reducing stress, anxiety and depression 
  • Boosting your mood 
  • Decreasing your blood pressure 
  • Helping you live longer 
  • Improving your ability to focus and memory 
  • Potentially helping you heal faster 
  • Managing a healthy weight  

Why does being outside boost our health?

Nurse Rose: Being outdoors might help your health for a few reasons. 

  • Being outside might mean you’re getting more exercise 
  • Physical activity has been shown to help people relax and cheer up 
  • Natural light can improve your mood 
  • Sunlight activates Vitamin D which can help fight off certain health conditions like cancer, depression and heart attacks  

How can we make more time to get outdoors?

Nurse Rose: With your own busy schedule and caring for kids or elderly parents, it can be tough to find outdoor time. Try these tips to get outside more. 

  • Walk instead of drive to school, soccer practice or wherever you’re headed!  
  • Try parking a couple blocks away from your destination if it’s too far to walk 
  • Schedule a regular outdoor time for the family, such as an after-dinner walk 
  • Try a new outdoor hobby together like hiking, biking or a fun outdoor game like badminton 
  • Make sure you have the right gear for the weather 
Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

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