Eating outdoors is a key factor in staying healthy

The news that eating outdoors helps to keep us healthy is something we can’t agree with more, as there’s nothing better than chilling out after a full day of activities and having cold drinks and some tasty food outside, especially here on the coast of Cornwall. So when Dr Paul Innerd, a clinical physiologist at Sunderland University claimed recently that eating outside is an assister for increasing our general wellbeing as well as our immunity levels, we thought we should share the good news!

A group of people eating at the beach in front of a sunset near Outdoor Adventure

Dr Innerd says that by getting stuck into the simpler things in life, which include taking yourself out in the open for a bite to eat, or a picnic with friends, is a super way to give your body’s immunity levels a well-deserved boost!

Dr Innerd, when talking about his study, said: “The research that I carry out is in a clinical environment with NHS patients – so I hear a lot about their lifestyles and diet.

“Of all outdoor activities, eating outdoors is an activity that many of my patients report to be most relaxing.

“In the UK we don’t always have the weather to pack a picnic and eat outside. It is really important to exploit any lovely days but bear in mind, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a sunny day to benefit.”

Additionally, the study extends to children and plays a big, if not more important role for them, saying: “But the benefits for children of eating outdoors are really more important and more significant.

“In a busy world, parents sometimes don’t spend enough time with their kids and this can mean that when they grow up, they might develop problems forming relationships and coping with the normal stresses of daily life.

“That family picnic could be an ideal opportunity to spend some family bonding time and make a huge difference to the child’s development.

“There is no television and people can appreciate their surroundings which promotes a feeling of wellbeing.”

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