Even if you don’t consider yourself an “outdoorsy” person, the benefits of spending time in the great outdoors are endless and available to anyone. Here are three BIG reasons to step out the door and into nature this week:
1. Vitamin D
Get your daily dose of vitamin D the natural way – by soaking up a bit of sunshine! When the sun’s UV rays hit your skin, your body has what it needs to create vitamin D. Just 5-15 minutes in the sun can improve mood, boost energy levels, reduce stress, and help you sleep better. Just be sure to wear sunscreen if you plan to be out long! To learn more, read this interesting article about vitamin D and diabetes.
2. Fresh Air
If you live in an apartment building or spend many hours indoors for work, you’re likely breathing in recycled air throughout the day. Getting outside and into nature brings you straight to the source of oxygen: plants! The next time you’re outside, take a moment to take 5 deep breaths and enjoy some fresh, clean air.
Many of us are spending more time indoors these days, and that may mean spending more time sitting. Heading outside is an easy way to incorporate more physical activity into your day. And with so much natural beauty around, you certainly won’t be bored! So, leave your couch behind and find a secluded spot to enjoy the earth.
There’s something special about spending time surrounded by nature. The outdoors are healing to both our bodies and minds, and we could all benefit from spending some more time outdoors. What is your favorite outdoor spot in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments below!