The indoor generation are those that spend 90% of their time indoors. Sadly, staying indoors all day without getting any form of natural air is detrimental to your health. The Velux group with the indoorgeneration.com is currently running a campaign against staying indoors without letting in natural air and light.
The organisation is focused on creating better living environment using daylight and fresh air through the roof for life, work and play. Velux has given some simple ways to let in light and air so as to stay healthy.
1. Air out with more than one window
The contents of indoor air include gases, particles, biological waste and water vapour which are all potential health hazards. It is recommended that you air out your home three to four times a day for at least 10 minutes at a time, with more than one window open. Also, air out your bedroom in the morning when you wake up and before you go to bed.
2. Follow the (natural) light
Move your dining table or your desk closer to the window. Artificial light can’t replicate the qualities of sunlight, which is a natural anti-depressant. Light your home and workplace with as much daylight as possible. There is a lot of scientific evidence that associates daylight with better health and quality of life, such as improved mood, less fatigue and reduced eyestrain.
3. Get in rhythm
Our bodies can only synchronise with the so-called “sleep, work, live” 24-hour rhythm through the correct exposure to light and darkness. If possible, orientate your bedrooms – particularly those for adolescents and young adults, who have a delayed biological clock and often find it hard to get up in the mornings – east towards the morning sun. Also, make sure your curtains or blinds stop as much light as possible from entering the room at night.
4. Take a walk
Scientists agree that being exposed to two hours of daylight per day is a great boost to our mental wellbeing. Get outside when you have a chance and try to stretch your legs on a regular basis.
5. Limit damp and moisture
65% of all Europeans dry clothes indoors at least once a week but the clothes give off moisture, which can lead to harmful mould and damp in the home, so dry your clothes elsewhere if you can. If you don’t have the option to dry outside, try to open a window close to where your clothes are drying so you can remove some of the excess moisture. For the same reasons, make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated. The activities of a family of four typically add 10 litres of water to the indoor air – per day!