Written By Rachel Sullivan, Founder of Go Outside

Need a breath of fresh air? The saying itself means a change, something refreshing and new. So why, if fresh air gives us this feeling do we spend so much time inside? 

Young people in the UK today are likely to spend more time indoors than inmates in our prisons.  Although the weather in the Autumn may disincline you to take a step outside of your front door consider these benefits 

Fresh air can make you happier: Oxygen can increase levels of serotonin in your body which is often called the ‘happy hormone’

Not only does fresh air make you happier it can also help your memory and could make you more intelligent. Serotonin has many benefits and improve cognition is amongst them. 

Exposing yourself to fresh air can increase your energy levels- connecting with nature can help us to feel more energised and reduce the desire to reach for yet another cup of coffee to ease the afternoon slump 

Feeling bloated? Moving around in the fresh air can positively impact on your digestive system (our bodies are not biomechanically designed for optimum digestion when we sit at a desk).  Moving away from desks also encourages blood to our digestive system to speed up digestion and ease those stomach cramps 

Immune boosting: Inhaling clean, fresh air (not traffic fumes) can enable your body to generate antibodies to fight many common bacteria.  Spending regular time outdoors can help support your immune system to help fight off those winter coughs and colds.

Are you in need of a breath of fresh air? Why not try one of our trails? Go Outside has a number of trails available around Gloucestershire as well as within Gloucester City centre. Download one from our website and see if you can complete the Autumn scavenger hunt along the way!




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