When the weather starts to dip, your first reaction would be to stay inside Lawrenceville for the winter. But even when it’s cold, there are many good reasons to go outside. Studies have shown that too much time spent indoors can put mental and physical strains on your health. This is why you need to make an effort to get the required fresh air and sunlight even if you are sheltering in place. Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to dress warm and welcome the cold.
1. Daylight boosts your mood.
Sunlight makes you happier. Sunlight produces more serotonin, a natural chemical in the brain that makes you feel good. But natural light is good for your mood in other ways, too. Since natural light is scarce in the winter, you need to go outside to get what’s left of it. If you can’t venture far from your house, you could stay on your porch, balcony, or yard on a sunny day.
2. Sunlight helps prevent disease.
When sunlight comes in contact with your skin, your body activates the production of vitamin D. 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. So be intentional in exposing yourself to the sun so you increase your body’s chance to fight off cancer and heart attacks.
3. Spending time outdoors can improve your memory.
When you spend your time outdoors and walking in parks or around natural scenery, these walks do wonders for your memory. There is something special when interacting with nature as studies show that it improves recall by 20%, something not achieved when walking in city streets. Having no access to green spaces should not hinder you from doing physical activity outdoors, as it still fights stress and improves concentration.
4. Going outside is good exercise.
The first step towards a healthier lifestyle is to spend less time on the couch or the kitchen. Now if you spend more time outdoors, even in cold weather, this means that you will get more exercise. Even a brisk walk around the block or the local park can make a big difference in your physical strength and endurance. Once you identify an outdoor activity that you like, plan to do it all year round.
5. Sunlight boosts your immune system.
Is wintertime synonymous with a personal cold and flu season for you? The answer may lie in not getting much sun during these months. There are studies that prove that spending time outdoors relaxes your body and lowers your stress hormones, this, in turn, increases your immunity. The cold does not let you catch a cold. Do as much physical activity outside. This helps in flushing out bacteria in your airways thus keeping you away from seasonal illnesses.
It may be cold outside but it’s not an excuse to miss the winter sun.
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