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It’s summertime again! With the world slowly reopening, this summer will be a turning point for many to find comfort in the outdoors. As it turns out, outdoor activity is a vital part of overall health and successful recovery. According to a study published in BMJ Open, just being outside can help improve mental health, cardiovascular health, sleep patterns, and much more.
This group of scientists, who studied the effect of the outdoors on human health, called their project PHENOTYPE, or the Positive Health Effects of the Natural Outdoor environment in Typical Populations in different regions in Europe. The PHENOTYPE project is an ongoing study created to test these positive effects over time.
The PHENOTYPE project has already made many significant findings that show how outdoor activity improves human health. Some of the proven benefits include:
The sun itself also carries significant health benefits. Research published by Dermatology Practical & Conceptual confirms that Vitamin D from sun exposure is beneficial in treating specific skin disorders and building strong and healthy bones. Sun exposure provides many other benefits as well.
Although the benefits of sunlight seem endless, it is important to use caution when you are in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Sunburn, hyperthermia, and skin cancer are all serious risks to consider. To protect yourself from the negative effects of sun exposure while still reaping the benefits, be sure to:
For those in recovery, spending time outdoors is a great way to relax and feel grounded in your sobriety. With all the benefits listed above, outdoor activity can also be great for your mental health in sobriety. Find a nice, quiet green space to relax and reflect on all your successes up to today. If you’re looking for sunlight, maybe try a nearby park or an open field. If you want to be outdoors without extra sun exposure, a wooded area may be right for you. Wherever and however you can get outdoors this summer.
Spending time outdoors this summer can be a great way to reap nature’s benefits for your mind and body. Finding ways to stay active outdoors is great for your physical health as well as your mental health. As you work on your recovery this summer, if you need any help or support, contact RECO Intensive. At RECO Intensive, our professional staff and experienced alumni can guide you through your strategies for sobriety this summer. We offer treatment that is catered specifically to you and your needs. Our many therapies include Adventure Therapy to get you outdoors and moving through equine therapy, rope courses, calming hikes, and more. We also participate in competitive sports, community service projects, and healing walks in nature. At RECO Intensive, we know how important your sobriety is for your health, safety, and future. Call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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