11 Simple Steps for a Healthier & Happier ’11: Step 5

1/5/11: OUTSIDE

Get thee out of doors

Yes, it’s January. Maybe you think of this time of year as debilitatingly cold, discouragingly dark or just plain unappealing.  A time to get through while waiting for spring and summer to return; not a time to revel in the outdoors.

But, what if I told you research has shown that time outside actually improves mood and energy, supports weight loss, improves sleep, as well as brain and eye function?  Studies have indicated that spending time outside can help alleviate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Getting sun exposure and vitamin D may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases, boost immunity (helping to prevent colds and flus) and reduce inflammation.  Being outside can also be a great way to reduce stress.  So, do your mental, physical and emotional health a favor this year: put your feet in your boots, pull on a warm hat and go be out there.

When you come back inside just think of how much you’ll appreciate things like your heating system and a cup of tea.


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