SUN Day. Fun Day. 

As we enter into the spring season, the weather warms up and the sun comes out. Now is the time that people start going outside again and it is fitting to talk about our old best friend, the sun. Why is it beneficial to go outside and exercise? Can't the sun be harmful too? How much sun is too much? Here are 4 health benefits of being out in the sun:

 

4 Health Benefits of Being in the Sun

1. Better Sleep Cycle. Studies show that getting out in the sun could connect your body to its natural circadian rhythm. In earlier times, humans would rise with the sun and go down with the sun. Earlier humans were used to winding down for sleep when the sun went down. By being outside and exposed to the sun, your body's time clock connects with the earth's, that way, when the sun goes down it cues your body to be better prepared for sleep (this is why when you fly to a drastically different time zone, one of the best ways to fight jet lag is to go outside). 

2. Increased Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a major component of building a strong, healthy bone strong structure. That is why it is important to have Vitamin D production in our bodies. Lucky for us, we have a natural Vitamin D source in our body that can be activated by the sun! When your body is exposed to the sun, it gives a signal to produce Vitamin D. Most studies say that spending at least 15-30 minutes in the sun a day can give you all the Vitamin D that you need.

3. Increased Mood. The sun can have a positive impact on your mental health too! Multiple studies have found that groups that were more exposed to the sun had better energy, increased mood, and a more positive outlook on life. Seasonal depression can be very real. The sun can be a helpful tool in fighting it.

4. Lower Blood Pressure. Have high blood pressure? Did you know the sun helps release nitric oxide into the blood which aids in lowering blood pressure and increased heart health. 

 

As always, use caution when spending time out in the sun, and make sure that if you are planning on spending an extended period of time in the sun to use sunscreen.

 

By: Tyler Wesley on March 2, 2021 10:00 AM

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