In Healthy Living, Wellness

Take a moment to set aside all of the terrifying things that your dermatologist tells you about the sun. While it's true that sun damage leads to real health concerns, research shows that making time for sunshine also holds amazing health benefits!

The hottest wellness essential

Many people spend thousands of dollars on wellness products, but maybe the most important one is waiting for us outside. Sunshine helps reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, support muscle health, improve brain function and may even fight against some types of cancer. Spending time in the sun triggers your body's production of Vitamin D. This particular vitamin is essential for health and can't be recreated well with supplements. 

It is estimated that 20% of Americans are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. A recent study at Birmingham Young University revealed that one of the most significant associations with emotional distress is lack of exposure to sunlight. An extra 15 minutes of time in the sun each day can dramatically improve your mood and decrease your stress. However, we know that taking 15 minutes for anything may feel nearly impossible.  

How to make time for the sun

The great thing about sunlight is that just sitting there is enough to improve your health. Here are three time saving ways to soak up the sun this week.

  • 1
    Take Your Lunch Outside. This is possibly the easiest and most enjoyable way to improve your health. Take your lunch to the park instead of the break room and let the sun do the rest.
  • 2
    Outdoor Phone Meetings. If you have a phone call that doesn't require access to a computer then take it outside and relieve stress while you get your work done. 
  • 3
    Morning Workout.  Now that the days are longer you can start your day with an outdoor workout that will improve your health in a variety of ways. The simple act of bringing your yoga mat to the backyard could make all the difference in your wellness this summer! 
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