While growing up, the activities we engaged in – swinging at the park, cruising on bikes with friends and generally participating in outdoor activities actually go a long way to provide us with fresh, healthy air. However, as adults, most of our time is spent indoors. Scientific studies have shown that some fresh air outdoor will really do you some good.
Fresh Air Can Boost your Immune System
Engaging in outdoor exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, monocytes, and neutrophils which can boost immune function. Fresh oxygen leads to improved white blood cell function which can help fight against germs and bacteria. So it may just be about the right time you stepped out of your office or close quarters that expose you to a lot of germs and breathe in some quality air.
Fresh Air is great for your Lungs
When sitting at a confined place, air flow is not as great – apical breathing which involves inhaling air into the top of your lungs is more of a normal experience. On the other hand, outdoor activities – jogging or taking a walk can increase diaphragmatic breathing so your breathing is deeper, ensuring air is drawn to the bottom of the lungs. More airborne toxins are expelled through this process, helping to cleanse your respiratory system.
Improved Cell Function
Fresh air or oxygen improves the efficiency and function of your body cells. Fresh air helps you digest your food properly – more reason you are advised to take a small walk outside after eating. Fresh air also aids tissue renewal, muscle contraction and production of hormones.
Fresh Air improves Happiness
The amount of fresh oxygen you inhale determines the amount of serotonin in your body and serotonin release can significantly lighten your mood, promoting a sense of happiness and well-being. This is the reason you feel happy and relaxed whenever you engage in mild outdoor activities in the presence of fresh air. Every individual loves to be happy, everyone should love fresh air!
Improved Brain function
20% of inhaled oxygen is used by your brain to function. Hence, for optimal brain activity, it is only normal that you engage in more outdoor activities to improve your brain function so you can concentrate, focus and think better.
There is an abundance of fresh, clean air around us and for this, we are lucky. Avoid staying in polluted areas and engage in outdoor activities as much as possible and experience a happier, fresher life.
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