Is there anything better than the feeling of 75-degree days with sunny blue skies? We don’t think so! And unless you are lucky enough to live in a state where that is the norm, you are probably daydreaming of warmer days right about now. We sure are! If you are like us, you don’t need much encouragement to find a reason to get outside. But if you do or just can’t seem to make the time for it most days during the week, keep reading. Being outdoors has multiple health benefits and it’s something free you can do for yourself most days with a little bit of planning on your part.
Feeling blah or fatigued? There are aspects of the outdoors that are specifically shown to improve your mental state. Sunlight, for example, has a positive impact on how you are feeling. Studies have shown that people’s brains have higher serotonin, your body’s natural mood stabilizer, levels on bright sunny days, even when it’s cold out. Ultraviolet light also encourages the release of endorphins by melanocyte cells which increases your mood.
You’ve also probably heard of going outside to get your Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for bone growth, helps to regulate your immune system, and can help battle depression and anxiety. Did you know studies have shown being outdoors can lower cortisol levels, your stress hormone, and being in nature can have a profound positive impact on your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems?
Feeling strapped for time?
Why not get more bang for your buck while you are outside catching those warm rays? Grab your mat and do an on-demand Pilates class with Pilates Cure. Our on-demand memberships are on sale for March-MATness until March 31st. Use code “Joe” at checkout to get your first month free. You can cancel anytime after that. You can’t beat a double dose of endorphins from exercise and sunlight and a sale all thrown into one so don’t sit on this deal!
No matter how you decide to squeeze it in, 10-15 minutes outside every day is a great, free way to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. If you are going to be outside for more than 20 minutes, you might want to try one of our favorite sunscreens for your face.