Why science says you must spend time outdoors

Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Why science says you must spend time outdoors

In this day and age where technology has completely changed the way we live our lives, both kids and adults have come to prefer staying indoors. Instead of going out, people have now favoured watching TV, spending long hours in front of their devices, studying for school and doing some work.

Unlike during the 1970s and 1980s when kids spent over 2 hours playing outside each weekday and possibly more than 9 hours during the weekends, children nowadays only spend a little over an hour outside each weekday and less than 5 hours on weekends. 

Staying Indoors vs. Outdoors: Which One is Better for Health?
 
While staying indoors comes with a lot of benefits such as reduced expenses and saved time and energy, it also poses threats to one’s health.
 
According to the World Health Organization’s latest reports, there are 4.3 million deaths that occur in a year globally due to exposure to indoor air pollution. EPA’S Indoor Air Study added that concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
 
Air conditioners, for instance, are hazardous. Although these may have filters that purify the air, using it for too long can make the air inside your house dirty, and eventually, make you sick.
 
How About Staying in During the Winter?
 
While some believe that staying outdoors during the winter causes colds and flu, it’s actually staying at home that leads to such illnesses because of the exposure to higher concentrations of airborne pollutants including cold and flu viruses. 

The infographic below reveals surprising yet relevant statistics about the amount of people staying indoors and outdoors, the health effects of not going out and staying in too much, and some outdoor activities that kids and adults would enjoy.



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Conclusion
 
Despite the numerous hazards evident outdoors, who would’ve thought that it’s actually staying in that brings more harm than good to one’s health? From poor social skills, lack of creativity, obesity, eye problems, and illnesses, the need to spend more time outdoors just got a little more compelling.
 
So, go out and get moving because the benefits of spending time outdoors far outweigh the drawbacks. Besides, there are plenty of activities that make being outdoors fun for both kids and adults.

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