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Would we be healthier if we lived outside?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Outside = nature, fresh air, enhanced mood, sun (vitamin D3), God's creation, wind, breeze, etc...

Inside = house pollens, house toxins, dust, no sun, limited movement, etc...

There could be positives and negatives in each, but I'm stating the obvious.

Obviously it would probably be more difficult to live in extreme winter conditions, but let's say spring, summer, and fall you lived outside, would you be healthier?

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on October 31, 2011
at 08:38 PM

I like that answer! In my case, after suffering horribly from SAD and other ailments for 38 yrs in a beautiful house in beautiful Wisconsin I now live in a 5th wheel in the southern tip of Nevada. We have bright sunshine all but about 10-15 days per year and on one side I have a green golf course view with desert on the other side. My SAD and migraines have totally disappeared and my joints feel great although although I still had mild symptoms until I went primal and got off wheat.

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I like that answer! In my case, I live in a 5th wheel overlooking a golf course and desert on the other, with mountain ridges on all 4 horizons. Here at the extreme souther tip of NV, we have bright sunshine all but about 10 days per year and my SAD totally disappeared after suffering horribly for 38 yrs in Wisconsin.

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at 07:01 PM

Now that I'm retired I spend a lot of time outside by choice. For me at least, I'd say yes it's better for both my physical and emotional health.

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on October 31, 2011
at 07:11 PM

I think it comes down to how and where you live rather than indoor or outdoor.

If you live outside next to a stagnant pond you might not do as well as indoors in a house built on a mountaintop.

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on October 31, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I like that answer! In my case, I live in a 5th wheel overlooking a golf course and desert on the other, with mountain ridges on all 4 horizons. Here at the extreme souther tip of NV, we have bright sunshine all but about 10 days per year and my SAD totally disappeared after suffering horribly for 38 yrs in Wisconsin.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 31, 2011
at 08:38 PM

I like that answer! In my case, after suffering horribly from SAD and other ailments for 38 yrs in a beautiful house in beautiful Wisconsin I now live in a 5th wheel in the southern tip of Nevada. We have bright sunshine all but about 10-15 days per year and on one side I have a green golf course view with desert on the other side. My SAD and migraines have totally disappeared and my joints feel great although although I still had mild symptoms until I went primal and got off wheat.

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on October 31, 2011
at 08:38 PM

If you mean without a lodge, yurt, wigwam, tent - without any shelter at all - the answer is a resounding NO. Nowhere but in the ancestral garden of Eden is that advisable. We've coevolved with shelter and fire and clothes longer than even with man's best friend.

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on November 01, 2011
at 01:44 AM

I'm an adventure guide and can tell you, when I'm in between outdoor jobs and working an indoors centered jobs I get really depressed, loose motivation and gain weight. When I have an outdoor, active centered job, I'm generally very happy even when it isn't in the field I wanted (spending the summer sea kayaking instead of riding horses, for instance) Its to the point where I'm only spending half the winter in a cold part of the world. I'm helping with my family's business until the end of December to get us through the Christmas rush, and then I'm headed to Dubai in January to work an outdoor job and get away from the cold and dark days.

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on October 31, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I have no idea, really.

But I will say the first thing this question made me think of was a section of "My Life With the Eskimo" where Stefanson described the spread of tuberculosis and housing. See here: http://books.google.com/books?id=DlZFAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=vilhjalmur+stefansson+tuberculosis&source=bl&ots=yYld1uc1qb&sig=1nDUE4aet4w66vVK40CkGD6blR4&hl=en&ei=AgqvTpqhGKPciQKntr3UDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

I'm not trying to get into the "we should all live like Inuit!" argument. Just that I happened to remember this part of the book and thought it might be relevant.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

All I know is that when I have been on the office for 9 hours straight, living outside sounds awfully sweet.

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on October 31, 2011
at 11:47 PM

I guess it depends if you live in China or not.

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on October 31, 2011
at 11:06 PM

I think the more time we spend outside the better, but no shelter at all seems like a terrible idea--and not consistent with ancestral tradition.

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on October 31, 2011
at 08:45 PM

More vitamin D, more exercise, fresh air, calming sounds of nature, natural food, bright days, dark nights...

Adverse weather, hungry animals and bugs aside, I'd have to say hell yes.

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