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Get Outside: It is Good for Your Health

By Virginia Laird

As summer approaches, it is more tempting than ever to get outside and enjoy the sun. So do it! Getting outside more often is healthy. Who cares if you get one less load of laundry washed or the dishes don’t get scrubbed immediately? These daily chores will be there when you have finished your family time outdoors. Plan to take advantage of the time off your kids have as well as the beautiful weather that summer brings. The benefits of getting outside more often are overwhelming.

Getting a Good Dose of Vitamin D is Essential

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It is necessary for the growth of strong bones and teeth. Without adequate Vitamin D in the body, it cannot absorb calcium properly. This vitamin also plays a key role in the function of the immune system. Easily put: Vitamin D is needed to stay healthy. Next time you are outside, just grab some sunscreen to help protect from sun damage while soaking up some sun.

Fresh Air Can Strengthen the Immune System

Some may have heard the old wives' tale: The best way to stay well is to get outside. There is some truth to that. Fresh air plays a huge role in supporting wellness. Research suggests that being outside boosts the function of the immune system. This is due, in part, to the increase of Vitamin D that the body absorbs while outside. Fresh air also provides a boost to the body’s ability to fight off colds.

Enjoying Outdoor Life Can Help Lower Stress Levels

There is much to be said about the peace that nature can bring to life. Being outside, away from computers, meetings, and a constant on-the-go pace can help calm the brain. With fewer must-do distractions outside, it can be easier to relax and clear the mind. Studies have long suggested that those who spend more time outdoors are less stressed and find it more easy to concentrate. Some studies even prove that a window overlooking nature in a busy office can lower stress levels.

The great thing is that enjoying the outdoors does not have to cost a thing. Just when you think you may not have time to slow down and enjoy the outdoors, this is the most important time to schedule a hike, picnic, or a simple walk. Help yourself get rid of stress and take advantage of the nature around you.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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