The case for going outside

ASAP science walks us through the likely fate of over-zealous office dwellers VIDEO

Topics: nature, Outdoors, depression, Cancer, Video, ,

What would happen if you just stopped going outside? It’s a question that occasionally passes through the desk worker’s mind (depression, after all, is linked to a lack of sunlight). The whiteboard professors at ASAPScience don’t quite let this thought experiment play out, but they do offer some hints as to its likely conclusion. For instance, absorbing vitamin D from the sun brings benefits to the body, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. And studies have shown that being in nature actives the areas of the brain associated with stability, empathy and love. See if you can figure out the rest:

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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