Summer’s here, and the great outdoors is calling. Not only does it feel nice to get some fresh air, spending time outdoors is linked to improved health.
Soak it up
Getting a bit of sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course) is good for your body. Vitamin D is activated when the sun hits your skin. It’s crucial as we age to get enough Vitamin D, as it promotes the absorption of calcium and can help prevent osteoporosis.
Cold, gloomy winter days no doubt have an effect on your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that coincides with the change in seasons. Sunlight and physical activity outdoors can elevate your mood.
Make the most of the nice summer weather and get moving. Whether you take a walk around the block, do a couple of laps in the local community pool or even get dirty in the garden, physical activity is good for your mind and body.
Just as sunlight can make you happier, it can also help you de-stress. If possible, take a walk in a quiet park or even go for a hike. Getting away from your normal surroundings and daily activities can decrease stress and help you refocus.
Some studies have shown that spending time outside can help aging adults stay healthy longer. Time outdoors has been linked with a decrease in pain levels, inflammation, and sleep issues.
Grab your hat, sunglasses and a water bottle and head outside. Soak up the sun!