I grew up in the country, with a big yard, and with lots of privacy. After recently moving back to the city for the first time since university, I am already noticing the affects it's having. And, I am going to experience my first summer in a city full-time which makes me a bit uneasy.
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Why is that?
Well, growing up and not living close to anyone, going outside was one of our main sources of entertainment. We would rollerblade, play sports, and build forts to keep ourselves busy. When I got older, I didn't necessarily do those things, but I was able to go for runs looking at fields, step outside even just for a few minutes to get some sun or fresh air, and lay outside on the weekends during the summer or have a campfire. This was such a good way for me to get vitamin D and destress.
But I am not the only one. Not getting enough vitamin D3 can actually cause depression in some individuals. Getting outside makes most of us destress, feel more energized, are able to concentrate better and feel more happy.
Interestingly enough, there is actually a common practice in Japan called Forest Bathing which has been studied and research indicates that this practice can lower blood pressure and support immune health. This alone, shows how powerful nature can be.
So what are some tips for going outside:
In the winter, even shovelling snow, walking to get the mail, or just going for a light walk or job if its safe, are some ways to get fresh air and vitamin D
In the summer, take your lunch outside or have a work meeting outside
Outside of work and on the weekends, do outdoor activities with friends and family like outdoor meals, walks, going to the beach, etc.
Take your workout outdoors in your own yard or at a park if you don't have a yard
Read a book or do some work outside on your patio, in park or even a forest!
What are some of the ways you get outside?!
In good health,
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