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Why You Should Move More of Your Life Outdoors

By Genevieve Cunningham

There was once a time when all humans lived outdoors. We didn't have modern housing or modern conveniences. We were primitive, and we lived with the basics. Of course, we're all extremely glad that we no longer have to live that way. We're so grateful for homes with air conditioners and heaters and warm beds. But in all of our modern ways, we may actually be missing out on some ancient wisdom. Like the need to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. If you're among those who spend a little too much time indoors, take a look at why you should make getting outside a regular part of your life.

For the Sun

We've all been told to stay away from the sun, and that's not bad advice. But the real advice should be: Expose yourself to the sun safely. We actually need the sun. We need the Vitamin D for bone health and mood stability. And we get Vitamin D through exposure to the sun. The key is to put on your sunscreen, get sun in small amounts, and keep the skin protected while reaping the benefits.

For the Exposure

We don't want to expose ourselves to the harsh elements -- no extreme temperatures or scary conditions. But we actually do need exposure to the elements. Getting outside exposes us to the the sun, dirt, varying temperatures, germs, and pollen. While this sounds bad on the surface, it's actually good for our immune systems to encounter these things. It helps build strength. If you really want good health, go outside regularly and allow your body to build strength naturally. 

For the Movement

When we go outside, we're almost guaranteed to move more than we would in front of the TV. And we need this movement! Movement helps us maintain a good body weight and build strong muscles. It helps keep us loose and limber. It helps with stabilizing moods and improving mental health. Go outside and go for a walk or a hike. You'll get more movement plus all of the other benefits of nature with just one addition to your routine. 

We don't have to spend every waking hour outdoors, but it's always a good idea to spend some time in nature. Our bodies and minds crave it, and if we indulge, we'll be improving our health and quality of life. Make a plan to get outside, and you'll be doing yourself a healthy favor that lasts for the rest of your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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