Many areas of the nation experience incredible weather in the spring and summer months. Why not take advantage of the nice temperatures and partake in al fresco dining? There are numerous health benefits to eating outdoors, and we’re going to elaborate on four of them.
Boosts Your Mood
If you’ve been sitting indoors all day, take time to go outside. When we expose our skin to sunlight, it kickstarts our vitamin D production, which in turn can naturally boost our mood. If you’re eating at home, step out onto the patio. Dining out at a restaurant? Consider sitting outside. Additionally, instead of eating lunch at your desk, consider having a picnic with coworkers. Give yourself an excuse to leave work for a little while and enjoy the change in scenery!
There really isn’t any scientific evidence out there that proves eating outdoors improves one’s focus; however, people tend to be more mindful when they’re outside—they’re observing animals, flowers, trees, and other objects. Essentially, eating outdoors allows you to leave technology behind and enjoy your food without distractions.
Studies have shown that spending time outdoors lowers your blood pressure and heart rate—all thanks to a change in environment. Feeling a little on edge? Go for a quick walk. Plus, chances are that once you’re outside, you won’t want to head back in. Considering eating lunch outdoors as well to decrease your stress levels.
Lowers Risk of Illness and Disease
We already mentioned that the outdoors lessens stress, and less stress boosts your immunity. Exposure to sunlight will increase your white blood cells and vitamin D levels and lower cortisol production, aiding your immune system and decreasing your risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The average person picnics at least three times each year—that equates to roughly 94 million picnics every year. Be sure your office, park, or school is ready for picnickers of all ages. Discount Playground Supply carries a wide variety of heavy-duty plastic picnic tables. We make our picnic tables to order, so no matter your needs, you can rest assured that we can help. Give us a call now!