Studies Show Women Who Spend Time Outdoors Tend to Live a Longer Life

Ladies, get your hiking shoes on and prepare to hit the woods! According to recent findings, spending time in nature could help you live longer.

If you ever thought you should spend more time outdoors then this study should give you the motivation you need.

The study conducted by by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, shows women- specifically American women- who live surrounded by lush plant life and greenery have a significantly lower mortality rate than women who don’t.

The Environmental Health Perspective shows that the mortality rate is 12 percent lower. You also have a 13 percent less chance of cancer-related deaths, and a reduced 34 percent for respiratory related deaths.

Over 108,630 women from across the United States participated in the study from 2000 to 2008.

Peter James, research associate in the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology, also linked spending time outdoors and near vegetation to the improvement of mental health.

We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.

Been thinking about adding some house plants or taking a visit to your local park? Then you might be up to something, because the benefits are more considerable than you think.

Women who are surrounded by nature have more exposure to cleaner air, less exposure to noise pollution and excessive heat than those who live in the city. Researchers also suggest living green, reduces depression, because light tends to elevate moods.

Harvard Health Publications claims there are a few more reasons to go outdoors:

  • Vitamin D levels rise, and can help battle certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.
  • You be inclined to exercise more and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Improved concentration, especially for children with ADHD as they seem to focus better after being outdoors.
  • You might heal faster, this is coming from a study that showed “people recovering from spinal surgery experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications when they were exposed to natural light.”

Now that you know the benefits, make it a habit to get out of the city more often, plan that hiking vacation and maybe seriously consider that dream home on the country side.

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Mayra Orduno

Chicagoan at heart and world explorer, Mayra fell in love with writing at the age of seven, and travel at the age of twenty-five. Mayra is a hopeless romantic, who can always find a quote or lyric for every occasion. Her favorite book is A Moveable Feast because she believes she belongs in Paris in the 1920s. Cheap wine, street food and live music are some of the hobbies she holds dearest.