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YHAHow about a digital detox for 2013?

    08/01/2013 10:35

Gadget fans are being urged to think of their health and take part in a 'digital detox' for 2013. Many people spend most of their working day in front of a screen, while their lives outside work are dominated by smartphones, laptops and tablet devices, so the turn of the year is a good time to start thinking about how to get healthier through outdoor activities away from those screens.

The health benefits of exercise are well-documented; regular workouts - even going for a simple walk - can lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart-related health issues developing. However, studies also show that small amounts of regular exercise can also be good for helping to clear the mind of stress, and getting away from distracting digital devices on a regular basis could certainly help. One study from the University of Utah even revealed recently that hiking in the wilderness for a few days improved the participants' results on a creativity test by 50 per cent.

Fitness expert Kiran Sharma told the Daily Mail that while exercise is beneficial, getting out into nature for a walk or hike without digital distractions can have an even greater impact.

"It helps release feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins. Exercising in nature has many mental benefits, perhaps more than those of going on a treadmill," she explained. "Contact with nature helps heal your mind, and reboot the brain's ability to think."

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