A little bit of sunshine is a huge health gain. And a little a less TV and Netflix binging during the day this summer is a good thing, too.
Getting off your couch and into the sun can boost:
1) Vitamin D levels
4) Immune system
6) Bone health
7) Skin health
8) Sleep cycles
9) Cancer prevention capabilities
10) Joint health
The excerpt below from Dr.Weil’s blog gives you sensible advice on sun exposure:
“Dr. Holick advises estimating the time it would take your skin to turn pink in the sun. Then divide that time by 25 to 50 percent, depending on your skin type. So, someone like you who has fair skin, burns easily and lives in Pennsylvania would be advised to spend 20-30 minutes in the sun with your arms and legs exposed (not your face) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. two to three times a week from March through May and September through October – but only 15-20 minutes in July and August when the sun in strongest. If you remain outdoors longer than the specified time, apply sunscreen.”
So now that the snow has finally gone, get out there and soak up some healthy springtime sunshine!