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The Internet, TV, social media and other technologies may have advanced society, but they have also created many disadvantages. As electronics become more prominent, many Americans spend less time outdoors and in nature.
Lives are becoming more sedentary, and the rise in time spent indoors not only affects physical health, but also mental and spiritual well-being. According to seattletimes.com, a Kaiser Family Foundation study reported that kids from ages eight to18 spend eight to 12 hours daily with electronics. A different study on adult activity revealed that two-thirds of adults watch more than two hours of TV everyday.
The summer months are the perfect time to take advantage of nature by heading outside to engage in outdoor activities or to simply relax. Rather than watching a TV show or updating social media during the summer, head outside and enjoy the many benefits of nature.
Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
1) Increased vitamin D: Studies have proven that vitamin D protects the human body from various health issues and diseases such as cancers, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes. Also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D can be absorbed naturally through sunlight. By acting smart and safely with sun exposure, healthy levels of vitamin D can be achieved without fear of sunburn or skin cancer. According to thetimes-tribune.com, exposing the body safely in sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes multiple times a week will result in more vitamin D.
2) Tackled obesity: The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) reported that most American children engage in four to seven hours of unstructured activity outdoors, in comparison to more than seven hours with an electronic screen. Over the last two decades, childhood obesity has doubled. With jammed schedules, children have less time and freedom to play outside. Outdoor activity leads to better fitness and more movement, resulting in overall healthier bodies. All age groups benefit from outdoor activities, ranging from hide-and-seek to walking and biking.