As I sit down to write, I take an opportunity to glance out my office window, clearing my mind to focus and looking for inspiration to catch my eye. The sun rays are shining down on this gorgeous summer day, brightening the world outside with an alluring glow that beckons me to take a minute to stand outside and soak up the heat. As I stand there, I’m reminded of just how revitalizing nature can be, and find myself longing to put on my running shoes and get outside to play.
Even if you’re a committed gym rat, the allure of working out in fresh-air and sunshine is undeniable, especially in Colorado where the weather is often perfect for such activities! Research shows that people who spend time outside are also healthier and happier in general, and with good reason.
Sunlight exposure has been linked to a variety of health benefits. Sunshine increases vitamin D, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of calcium, improving bone health and helping to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis. Vitamin D has also been shown to promote healing of certain skin disorders, including psoriasis, eczema, and even acne.