NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Joshua Fink, who is passionate about the outdoors, is speaking out on new research that shows that failure to spend time in nature can actually cause health problems. A new article from Fox News details a study done by The Nature Conservancy and Women's Health magazine. The findings illustrate that only 25 percent of women venture outdoors, though they know that spending time in nature is beneficial for their health. The study also found that only 40 percent of women spend time outside at least one to two days per week.
This issue has lead to the creation of a new term called "nature deficit disorder," which refers to how people are becoming increasingly disconnected from the outside world. Stephanie Wear, of the Nature Conservancy, comments on this phrase stating, "We traditionally over the last few million years were very connected to nature. Now in the last thousand years we've become more modern, we've been living indoors, we are spending time in the last few decades with a lot of technology and cities."
Wear goes on to state that nature deficit disorder is a serious public health concern, and can lead to other complications such as increased risk of obesity, cancer, heart disease, anxiety, and depression.
Joshua Fink comments on these findings noting, "People are not meant to stay inside all day. Whether it's a walk around the neighborhood or participating in weekend-long camping expeditions, some interaction with nature is absolutely necessary for a happy life. Our ancestors were not inside all day, and this new phenomenon can pose serious mental and physical complications. It's important that all people make it a point to venture outside at least once a day, no matter what they're doing."
There are a variety of reasons that individuals are unable to get outside regularly. The most common complaint is the weather. Individuals explain that it is too hot, too cold, or too rainy to enjoy time in nature. However, others explain that they simply do not have enough time during the day to go enjoy the natural world.
However, even a short amount of time outdoors can reverse the effects of nature deficit disorder. Ware explains, "What they are finding is when you go outside in nature, your stress hormones go down, that nasty death hormone cortisol, your blood pressure goes down, your resting heart rate goes down, you feel better. There are immediate effects. Even just 15 minutes outside in nature is going to bring you some major health benefits."
Joshua Fink comments on this behavior. "An individual should find ways to enjoy the outdoors that work with their schedule and play in to their interests. It doesn't matter whether it's playing baseball outside or just meditating in the park. It is all beneficial." Joshua Fink explains that building time for nature into each day is an important part of total wellness.
Joshua Fink is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys fishing, hiking, canoeing, camping, and other sports. In his youth, Joshua climbed some of the most famous peaks in the world, and is proud to have scaled Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest, and others. Joshua passed this love of the outdoors on to his two children, Mike and Carrie.
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