Human contact and a sense of community are important to mental health. Plan a route to a friend’s house to walk, and then on to The Floodgate to do some outdoor Baseball & Curling. You might be surprised how good it makes you feel. When you get outside of your house, it’s not only Mother Nature you see. You also connect more with the people and places in your community (& Digbeth).
It Helps You Get Vitamin D
Most of us have been stuck in for over 1 year. Vitamin D is Important for your bones, blood cells, and immune system. It also helps your body absorb more of certain minerals, like calcium and phosphorus. Your body needs sunlight to make it, but you don't need much. In the summer, just getting sun for 5 to 15 minutes while playing Curl Club or Bleachers in The Yard will help. In the winter, you might need a bit more (under our heat lamps).
Even a simple plant in the room, or pictures of nature, can make you feel less anxious, angry, and stressed. But it’s better if you get out of that room and go out. Exercise is good for anxiety too, combine that with socialising and you have a perfect mood booster. Sunlight helps keep your serotonin levels up. This helps raise your energy and keep you focused.
The outdoors helps set your sleep cycle. Cells in your eyes need enough light to get your body’s internal clock working right. The Floodgate is open afternoons mid-week and from noon on weekends to give you adequate time. It will Help You Feel Better About Yourself.
As little as 30 minutes of outdoor activity on The Floodgate games can help improve your self-esteem. And it’s not a high-intensity exercise that does it best. A more relaxed activity like a walk, bike ride, curling, or baseball will do the trick.
It Helps You Keep A Healthy Weight (excluding the beer)
Outdoor time will help you be more active and sleep better. Both these things help you burn calories. But getting outside in the morning, in particular, may help you keep the fat off. That’s partly because the light helps balance your sleep and energy use. But there may other reasons as well. After going into calorie deficit after a game of baseball will need to be replenished with a nice cold Brooklyn larger or Cocktail (please drink responsibility).
It Boosts Your Creativity
Spend time outside. Studies show that time in nature can boost your creative problem-solving abilities. This is because the outside world engages your attention in a quieter way that lets your attention refocus. The more time you spend, the bigger the benefit, but even just getting out for some air in The Yard can nudge your brain into a new thought pattern.
Sunlight seems to energize special cells in your immune system called T cells that help fight infection. Also, better vitamin D production because more sunlight is already good for your immune system. But the outdoors seems to help in other ways. Many plants put substances, including organic compounds called phytoncides, into the air that seem to boost immune function.
It makes sense if only for the bit of exercise you get when you do something outside. But studies show that it’s not just the activity, it’s the whole of the outdoor space.
Walking outside makes you more likely to exercise. You don’t need special equipment, cause The Floodgate has provided it already for you: Just walk right out your door, walk, run, or even Uber to Digbeth. The push of the wind and the uneven ground can help you vary your workout and burn more calories.
In summary, it has been a long 12 months for us all. So get on down to The Floodgate from the 12th April 2021 to experience one of the best Pub Beer Gardens that not only Digbeth, Birmingham has to offer but the West Midlands too. What are you waiting for? Book Now.