When winter weather comes, the natural thing you might do is to stay inside Gray for the entire winter season. But there are a lot of reasons to go outside even when it’s cold. Too much time spent indoors is bad for your mental and physical health as research has shown. For this reason, do your best to get as much fresh air and sunlight regularly even if you are sheltering in place. Here are 5 more reasons for you to dress warm and go outside.
1. Daylight boosts your mood.
Sunlight equals a happier you. Sunlight produces more serotonin, a natural chemical in the brain that makes you feel good. But natural light is advantageous for your mood in other ways, too. In the winter, natural light is hard to come by so you need to go outside to get the desired effect. Staying on your porch, balcony, or yard on a sunny day is enough to make you feel cheerful.
2. Sunlight helps prevent disease.
Sunlight triggers the creation and activation of vitamin D when it hits your skin. Studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D can lead to a wide range of serious mental and physical health issues, from depression to osteoporosis. It is definitely a good idea to get some sun even during the cold months so that your body can fight off cancer and heart attacks.
3. Spending time outdoors can improve your memory.
Another advantage of being outdoors is that walking can improve your memory. Do walks around the park where you can find natural scenery. Studies have shown that communing with nature improves recall by 20%. This is not achieved by walking around on city streets. Lacking access to green spaces? Don’t worry as physical activity outdoors still relieves stress and improves concentration.
4. Going outside is good exercise.
Stay away from the couch or the kitchen if you want a healthier lifestyle. By doing this, you will spend more time outdoors and get more exercise even in cold weather. Even a brisk walk around the block or the local park can make a big difference in your physical strength and endurance. Consistency is key. Find an outdoor activity that you enjoy and can do all year round.
5. Sunlight boosts your immune system.
Does wintertime equate to colds and the flu for you? This may be because of less sun exposure during these months. Numerous studies prove that the outdoors relaxes the body causing the drop in stress hormones which in turn boosts immunity. It is not true that the cold can let you catch a cold. Physical activity outside can help flush bacteria from your airways so you don’t get seasonal illnesses.
The cold shouldn’t bother you anyway, since the winter sun is your friend.
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