CrossFit Health Tip - Can time in nature improve my health? with Chardae Mara, RN PH232

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Spending just 15-20 minutes in nature 3 times per week can contribute to a host of physical and psychological benefits, including:

  • An increase in natural killer cells which support the immune system, prevent cancer, and speed recovery
  • A decrease in heart disease, blood pressure, and heart rate
  • A reduction in stress hormones, depression, and anxiety
  • An improvement in some attention deficit disorders

Longer exposures are important as well. Full-day immersions create benefits that can last up to 30 days!

Try these tips to start incorporating nature into your regular routine:

  • Detach from your devices daily.
  • Find green space, even if it’s not in a remote location, and take time to engage all five senses.
  • Use phone calls or coffee breaks as an opportunity to take a short walk outside.
  • And, finally, take off-the-grid vacations when possible to maximize your exposure to nature.

To learn more about CrossFit Precision Care and how to get involved as a healthcare provider or patient visit care.crossfit.com.

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