Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep.
Is that all there is?
Hopefully not. With Spring now enticing plants to bloom, birds to build nests and bringing relief from the winter cold -- it is time to reap the health benefits.
Even if it is only a half hour walk or lunch break outside, doctors agree, you need to get in the sunshine.
Here are 5 reasons why...
#1 - Winter blues must go. Getting out in the sun will chase those blues away. A long winter indoors can result in a type of seasonal effective disorder (SAD) and the sun can help counteract the blues or cabin fever.
#2 - Children need to run and use up all that energy. They too need the benefits from the FREE sunshine. Who needs to pay for a gym when you can walk, jog, play ball, tennis or garden. Parents and children need to set play time outside, even if it is just yard work or play. We all need to get our heart rate going for at least 15-20 minutes daily.
#3 - Got pain? Sunlight has hormone regulating properties that can help reduce your pain. Move it or lose it is so true. Sitting all day just makes the body waste away. The ultraviolet light from the sun releases the feel good hormone called endorphin which helps with pain relief also.
#4 An essential vitamin - Vitamin D. Getting out in the sun is a great way to fill up on your vitamin D. This vitamin is so important to our immune system and bone health. Vitamin D is increasingly recognized as a hormone with role in various body systems. You need to expose yourself to the sun at least 3 or 4 times a week for about 20 minutes a day. But the necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.”
#5 - - The sun will help you recharge and refocus. It helps physically and emotionally with the stress-relieving benefits of exercise and fresh air, walking in nature allows us to connect with nature and appreciate all that surrounds us. The quietness of the world can sooth us and fill us with appreciation for all that we are blessed with. I guess this is why I love the mountain life.
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