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4 Reasons An Outdoor Lifestyle Helps You Live Longer

Most people think living an “outdoor lifestyle” is mainly for fun and following a pursuit of passion. Or perhaps people are lazy and just an “outdoor bum.” While both of these can be true, whether you’re following your love of the outdoors or living the life of a ski bum, you can actually live longer by living your authentic outdoor lifestyle. It could be someone who just loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible in the mountains and nature. It could be someone who lives as natural a lifestyle possible that is friendly for our ecosystem. It could be the extreme adventurer that is traveling to the ends of the Earth for climbing and mountain pursuits. It could be the average ski bum who is a powder seeker, chasing freshies all winter long.

1. Exercise

A key part of outdoor recreation is exercise, whether it by hiking, trail running, climbing, kayaking or skiing. Exercise has been proven over time to greatly improve your chances of living longer. The health benefits of exercise are endless, including reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and smaller waistlines. A study from PLOS One from Australia, proved that individuals who exercised regularly had a significant reduction in risk of dying from heart disease.

2. Less Stress

One of the main reasons why people spend time outdoors is that it’s peaceful and an escape from the typical day-to-day. This helps us let go of the daily stress our lives have, including hectic work schedules, home responsibilities and interpersonal tensions. Besides heart disease, too much stress can have all sorts of negative impacts on your well being. This includes, anxiety, depression, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. Alleviating stress can help your body function better and feel better.

3. Increased Happiness

We spend time outdoors because it makes us happy, happiness has often been a link to increased longevity, so you’re on the right track to living longer! A study showed that the advance of happiness is more important than presence of negative emotions. Since the brain region that’s activated by happiness is also involved in blood-vessel functions, this is super important to live your life as happily as possible.

4. Better Diet

What we put into our bodies is essentially fuel. Don’t you want to put in the best fuel possible? Studies have shown that typically more active individuals have better diets and smaller waistlines. Therefore, healthier and better functioning bodies all around. Studies have also shown that certain diets can increase your chances for longevity. This includes many of the same foods that are helpful for sustained activity, including whole grains, fresh fruits, coffee and healthy proteins, such as fish and nuts.

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