If you ask people what kind of weather they hate the most, over 80% will definitely answer rainy. Most people hide from the rain and will never consider taking a walk in the rain. Well, they might have to think twice about it. According to newest studies, the smell of rain has therapeutic properties. It can reduce stress and boost your health in unexpected ways, so you might want to take the umbrella and go outside the next time it starts raining.
Walking on a shiny summer day is great, of course, but taking a walk on a rainy day certainly has its own advantages. Surprisingly, it can reduce stress significantly and the smell somehow relaxes us according to latest discoveries.
No doom and gloom at all – a walk in the rain has the following benefits for our health:
Promotes Weight Loss
That’s right – taking a stroll on a rainy day can help you burn more calories. That’s been scientifically confirmed. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine recently found that walking in the cold weather can help us burn more fat than on a hot and sticky summer day. Who are we to argue with science?
The Smell is Relaxing
Rain certainly has a smell – it’s not just us, right? That smell’s got a name. It is known as petrichor, a term coined by Australian scientists back in the 1960s. It occurs when a batch of chemicals released by soil bacteria and plant oils come in contact with ozone, transforming into nitric oxide. It’s not that simple, of course, but we don’t want to go all scientific-y here.
Petrichor has a soothing effect on our mind and can help calm us down when we’re stressed.
Soothes the Skin
When it’s raining, it’s quite obvious that the air is more humid. That humidity can do wonders for our skin and will keep it youthful and fresh.
Gives You a New Perspective
Although psychiatrists won’t recommend gloomy weather when you’re under a lot of stress, that kind of doom and gloom has helped many come up with a new perspective and solutions to their problems. Rain can help you in tough times and unpleasant situations. You may adopt a new perspective of life that will help you get out of the mud you’ve been sinking in for far too long. Try taking a walk in the rain the next time you’re feeling under the weather – it may help.
The Fresh and Clean Air Helps as Well
Rain can “wash away” pollution and clean the air of particles that often cloud our mind without anyone being aware of it. According to a study done at the prestigious MIT, the cleaner and fresher air when it rains definitely has a positive impact on our mind.
Rebellious in a Healthy Way
Although we wouldn’t recommend being a rebel for the sake of it, doing something that “breaks the rules” can make you feel a bit rebellious and boost your self-esteem. Of course, be a good little rebel and dress warm – after all, you’re not doing it to get sick.