The Outdoors Prescription
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Did you know that there is scientific proof that just being outside can make a person healthier and live longer? Being in nature can lower Blood Pressure too. I happen to live in a rural setting with forests around my home, so finding my way into nature is easy. I’ve always believed in the benefit of getting outdoors, but now there is scientific proof as to the benefits. No matter what the weather is, I get outside for at least a few minutes.
Now one of my favorite groups, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is initiating the Outdoors Rx. The AMC is working with physicians in the Boston, Mass area writing prescriptions for their patients to spend 30 minutes a day outside. Being in nature is good for our hearts, our eyes, and can help us sleep. Going outside can prevent disease because we get more than 90% of our vitamin D from casual exposure to sunlight. The outdoors feeds the brain, improves attention and destresses us. It boosts memory, increases happiness, and helps us overcome trauma and PTSD.
I’d call that a great prescription!