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Research: Physical health and Active Lifestyles

Here are some sources of research and evidence that links spending time outdoors to physical health and having an active lifestyle. They make the case for learning outdoors due to physical health benefits. 

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Physical Health and Active Lifestyles
Early Life Determinants for Physical Activity

This British Medical Journal (BMJ) 2007 research examines factors in early life (up to age 5 years) that are associated with objectively measured physical activity in 11-12 year olds. They found Parents’ physical activity during pregnancy and early in the child’s life showed a modest association with physical activity of the child at age 11-12 years, suggesting that active parents tend to raise active children. 

Walking on the beach

Health benefits of walking on the beach

This easy read blog lists 9 health benefits of walking on a beach. Physical activity facts listed include that running and walking in sand requires a greater effort than walking on a hard surface. These statistics aren't referenced but it makes interesting reading.

Vitamin D and sunlight

How to get Vitamin D from sunlight

This NHS webpage explains that we should be able to get our daily Vitamin D requirements by spending some time outdoors between March and September. Your body can't make vitamin D if you're sitting indoors by a sunny window because ultraviolet B (UVB) rays (the ones your body needs to make vitamin D) can't get through the glass. We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. 

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