January Wellness Theme: Get Outside and Move!

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We all know that there are endless health benefits of being active. But did you know that health benefits are magnified when you're active in a natural setting?

One study suggests that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost comparable to one cup of coffee. Scientists also think that breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants—increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases.

And don't let the cold stop you, in fact, you might need to get outside even more in the winter! Shorter days and lower light levels can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, and doctors say spending time outside can lessen SAD's severity—even if the weather's cold or overcast.

Any amount of time you can spend outdoors in nature will benefit you. Set aside some time today to bundle up and spend some time outdoors. Your body will thank you!

Check out the video below for more mental health benefits of spending time outdoors.