Even when you are allowed back outside! You might be worried that spending time outdoors, can only make you sick right? On the contrary - Spending too much time indoors can actually have an adverse effect on your health. Hard to believe?
Becomes compromised Going outdoors increases your gut microbiome’s diversity by exposing you to a wider variety of good bacteria strains. In turn, a more diverse microbiome tends to be healthier and more balanced.
It may look and feel cold and grey outside. But there’s still light outside — and that light helps you sleep at night. This means that if you’re staying cooped up and only absorbing artificial light — fluorescent bulbs, etc — your sleep cycle will likely suffer.
Staying indoors for prolonged periods of time may change your appetite, and if you’re cooped up in your house (as we all know from our long lockdown experience) you’ll likely end up making more frequent trips to clean out your kitchen.
A more pale complexion (as opposed to usual) from staying inside all winter is a sign you aren’t getting enough vitamin D which helps build your skin’s immune system by helping skin cells grow and repair themselves.
Another thing that a lack of vitamin D from the sun can cause has a profound effect on your insides too. Researchers have found a link between extremely low vitamin D levels and chronic, general pain. Joint pain may be impacted even more by staying indoors because you aren’t moving around enough.
Being in a stuffy home or building can cause more colds. This sounds like a good excuse to bundle up in a thick coat and take a thermos of soup outside to keep your chances of catching a cold down!
You’d think staying inside and away from people would make you more relaxed. But, quite the opposite — your stress levels can actually spike causing you to develop a shorter fuse and become more upset easily than usual as well as become upset by seemingly minor things.
Not getting out enough causes you to lack motivation to exercise, clean house, etc. But these behaviours can make you more agitated in our own space and drive you to feel unsettled.
Indoors, you are more likely to sit in one place. Being stuck in this sedentary state keeps you from properly moving your muscles. Too much sitting or lounging then makes your muscles tighter and more prone to becoming uncomfortable and achy.
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