How old are you? Twenty? Thirty? Sixty-five? Depending on your answer, you could identify with one of the terms coined over the years to describe your generation: Baby Boomers, Millenials, Generation X, Y, Z. However, you might not know that all these generations can be pooled under one name that you probably never identified yourself with: Indoor Generation.
The Europe 2013 WHO Report has revealed that we spend 90% of our time in enclosed spaces. The most concerning aspect is that, according to a parallel survey conducted by YouGov, we don’t realize it, and therefore we neglect or are unaware about the risks that being an Indoor Generation poses to our health.
This survey, conducted on a sample of 16.000 European and American individuals between March and April 2018, showed that over 80% of people are convinced that they spend at least 3 hours a day outdoors. But that’s not true!
On top of that, the knowledge about the negative impact that an “indoor” life has on our health is alarmingly low. Contaminated air, humidity, use of harmful plastics, poorly ventilated areas, and low light. These are just a few of the so-called “invisible killers” that affect our biological, physical, and cognitive functions.
In addition, the new frontiers of home wellness and epigenetics clearly show that the surrounding environment influences, for better or worse, our DNA and our response to external stimuli.
It would be nice to spend more time outdoors and find connection with the Earth and with Nature again. It is an effort that we need to actively make whenever possible. But the truth is that our daily life is made of enclosed spaces: school, offices, home, shops.
This is why it is critical to ensure that these spaces are as healthy as possible. Here are some tips that you can put into practice immediately: