In today’s world of smartphones and an increasing range of television channels it is becoming easier to stay indoors rather than go out and enjoy the great outdoors.

This kind of lifestyle is becoming increasingly dangerous for a number of reasons mainly health related. A recent study by the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has concluded that a lack of sunshine will increase the risk of Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome for those unfamiliar with the condition is something that affects the blood vessels ability to carry blood and puts you at greater risk of heart disease and strokes. I think this is shock reading for our generation of British Citizens which are now officially the most overweight and obese in Western Europe. 

These are very good reasons for us to not only spend more time outdoors but to also exercise more and watch our dietary habits.

I have recently taken up swimming and I’m now going on average 2-3 times a week and in just a month I’ve noticed a considerable difference to myself and how happy I feel. Also I have been walking my dog Molly more and taken an interest in photography. With so many things to take pictures of outside it’s increasing my motivation to spend more time outside rather than hiding away behind my phone or watching television.

Whatever motivates you to enjoy the great outdoors (even if its going to watch a mediocre football team), remember that you will be reducing the chances of developing Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.

So get outside and enjoy yourself.