Spring is always eagerly awaited – despite the amount of “April showers”. But don’t let a spot of rain stop you from heading out for a walk. It actually has quite a few health benefits.
The actor Gene Kelly might enjoy “singing (and dancing) in the rain”, but that’s not true for everyone. Many of us would rather spend a rainy day with a cup of hot tea and a good book.
There is also a long-held belief that a rain bath will make you ill. It turns out the opposite is true. The health benefits of nature have been underestimated.
Researchers have found that getting drenched in the rain for a moderate amount of time is highly beneficial for your body.
Walking in the rain helps to speed up your metabolism and has a positive effect on your physical and mental health. Raindrops also clean toxins from the atmosphere so the air you breathe is cleaner.
Varying research projects have found that:
- Air remains fresh during the rainy season
- The smell of rain refreshes the mind
- Rain is good for hair and skin
- Walking in the rain burns more calories
Air Remains Fresh During The Rainy Season
According to studies, during the rainy season, the air remains fresh. Rain washes off the microbes and dust present in the air. Thus, walking in the rain helps us to inhale the fresh air.
The Smell Of Rain Refreshes The Mind
The aroma left after a good downpour is also more pleasant. This fragrance comes from the good bacteria of the soil, the oil from the plants and the ozone mix. The aromatic blend of nature helps to calm the mind and regulate brain chemicals that effect mood.
Rain Is Good For Hair And Skin
Rain helps to improve the health of the skin and hair. The water from the rain is extremely fresh because it does not contain minerals and harmful particles. It does not come in contact with the dust and stones.
This water is good for the skin and the hair. It is alkaline which is great for the skin and scalp. Thus, it helps to maintain the pH level of the skin.
Walking In The Rain Burns More Calories
Walking in the rain helps to burn more calories at a faster pace.
You may not believe it but according to various studies, walking in colder environments means the body has to work harder to stay warm thereby burning more fat to generate heat.
Despite the health benefits of walking in the rain, experts warn not to spend more than 15-20 minutes in wet clothes. Soak yourself in a bath or shower immediately and drink a cup of hot coffee or tea. You will feel relaxed and refreshed.
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