The importance of still getting some fresh air

During the Covid-19 lockdown, it was pretty evident how busy the parks/beaches and walking trails were and it was quite encouraging seeing people riding their bikes and going on Sunday strolls with their peers and families. Gyms are open and it is absolutely great, but we must not forget how important fresh air is!

 Four benefits of fresh air:

  1. Fresh air gives you more energy and a sharper mind: You may have noticed that after spending some time outdoors, you come back indoors feeling fresh, brighter and perhaps ready to get back to work. More oxygen results in greater brain functioning, improvement in concentration skills and a big energy provider.
  2. Fresh air is good for your digestive system: It increases the flow of oxygen helping you digest food more effectively so this will particularly help if you are trying to lose weight.
  3. Fresh air strengthens and boosts your immune system: It supplies your immune system with oxygen which helps our white blood cells function properly by decimating and slaughtering microbes, infections, and germs.
  4. Fresh air makes you happier: The more fresh air you get, the more oxygen you will breathe which will increase the amount of serotonin (the happy hormone) you inhale, consequently making you happier.

Therefore, if you are back at the gym, GREAT, but it is encouraged to combine this with a brisk walk/jog outside to get some fresh air and enjoy all the benefits of the outdoors!

 

Line Malan 

Biokineticist

References:

Whitney Christian, M., 2020. Get Sunshine And Fresh Air While Sheltering In Place.

 

Occatholic.com. 2020. FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE | OC Catholic.