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Why It’s Important to Go Outside Even When It’s Cold Out

Happy Family Spending Time Outside During WinterAs soon as the weather grows cold in Westlake Village, your primary instinct could be to hibernate for the winter. There are numerous compelling reasons to keep going outside, even when it’s cold out. Research shows that staying indoors too much can cause a real strain on your mental and physical health. Therefore even though you are sheltering in place, you should do as much as you can to obtain some fresh air and sunlight each day. But, on the other hand, if you’re still not quite convinced, here are five good reasons to dress warm and head out into the cold.

1. Daylight boosts your mood.

Sunlight in small doses can make you happier. Sunlight produces more serotonin, a natural chemical in the brain that gets you feeling better. Natural light is good for your mood in other ways, too. In the winter, natural light is quite a bit harder to come by, so you’ll have to go outside to get the full effect. If you can’t go too far, even spending some time on a porch, balcony, or yard on a sunny day can keep you feeling more cheerful.

2. Sunlight helps prevent disease.

It’s a matter of fact that when sunlight hits the skin, it prompts the body to create and activate vitamin D. Studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D can give rise to a wide variety of serious mental and physical health issues, from depression to osteoporosis. Just spending a bit of time in the sun, although it’s cold out, can aid increase your body’s ability to fight off all sorts of problems, especially cancers, heart attacks, and more.

3. Spending time outdoors can improve your memory.

One of the more captivating effects of spending time outdoors is that walking around can help improve your memory – in particular, if you can walk around a park or other natural scenery. Studies have shown that interacting with nature can improve recall by almost 20%, which doesn’t happen when walking around the city streets. But still, even if you don’t have any access to green spaces, any amount of time spent doing physical activity outdoors can ease stress and improve your concentration.

4. Going outside is good exercise.

Devoting time away from the couch (and the kitchen) can be a significant part of a healthier lifestyle. People who spend more time outdoors, even in cold weather, are apt to get more exercise. Even a brisk walk around the block or the local park can be a very essential contributor to your physical strength and endurance. If there are outdoor activities that you like, try your best to find out a way to enjoy them all year round.

5. Sunlight boosts your immune system.

Do you seem to get a lot of colds and cases of flu in the wintertime? It may be owing to the fact that you aren’t getting enough sun during those months. Researchers have found that spending time outdoors helps decrease stress hormones in the body, improving your immunity. While there’s the well-known idea or belief that being cold will result in you catching a cold, the opposite is true. Carrying out physical activity outside can for sure, help flush bacteria out of your airways, helping you avoid catching those nasty seasonal illnesses.

Although you can’t go far, there are a lot of compelling reasons to bundle up and spend some time feeling that winter sun on your face.

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