Getting Outside Can Change & Extend Your Life

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. February 29, 2016

Getting Outside Can Change & Extend Your Life

Did you go outside today?

One of the best remedies for feeling sick or sad is to go outside – even if it is to sit on your deck or porch or walk around the block.

Michelle from the website, Natural Health Restored, wrote an article called, “Get a Breath of Fresh Air!” Here are some excerpts from the article.

Read the whole article at

Fresh air is important for your health and well-being. If your cells get enough oxygen they will be healthy. Healthy cells make up a healthy body.

Every time you breathe out through your lungs, you let out toxins. These wastes are the by-products of the metabolism that is constantly taking place in your cells. If you are always taking in old, stale air you are depriving your cells of one of their most basic needs. This is harmful to your overall health and well-being. It is so important to replace old, stale air with fresh, clean air.

Here is a list of just some of the many health benefits of fresh air:

  • Helps your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the cleansing action of your lungs
  • Helps to improve your heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolic rate
  • Helps your immune system fight off disease more effectively
  • Will help you sleep more soundly at night
  • Helps to clear your mind, improves your concentration, and helps you to think more clearly
  • Alters your brain levels of serotonin which helps to improve your mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being
  • Helps your body get rid of accumulated impurities

Tips for getting a healthy dose of fresh air:

Follow these tips to make sure you get a healthy dose of fresh air every single day.

  • Step outside and take some slow, deep breaths. This will banish that tired, sluggish feeling and will leave you feeling more energized and focused.
  • Open your windows regularly and air out your house as often as you can. If there happens to be a smog warning in effect, wait until later on at night or very early in the morning when the air is a lot cleaner.
  • Do not smoke in your home and do not allow other family members or guests to smoke in your home either. Even second hand smoke contains hundreds of harmful chemicals.
  • Try not to stay in stuffy rooms for long periods of time.
  • Make sure that your clothes dryers, gas cooking ranges, heaters, and fireplaces are properly vented to the outdoors.
  • Be sure to maintain your heating and air-conditioning units on a regular basis.
  • Get your air ducts and furnace filters cleaned regularly.
  • Do some deep breathing exercises every day. Work them into your regular routine.
  • Get some exercise on a daily basis. When you can, try to exercise outside. Exercise gets your circulation going and floods your body with oxygen.
  • Don't forget about your posture. Always try to sit up straight and stand tall to allow your lungs to expand. That will help you take in enough oxygen.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows you to breathe deeply and freely without being restricted. Try not to wear clothes that are tight around your chest or abdomen.
  • Avoid using air fresheners and other artificial fragrances in your home. Use natural alternatives instead. Pure essential oils are a great choice. Or you can put some cinnamon and cloves in a pot with water and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  • Keep plants in your home and work environment to help improve the air quality. Plants produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Some plants can even remove toxic pollutants from the air.
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    Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
    Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


    Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.

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