Wow, I cannot believe we are already into September! Someone told me last week that there are only 17 weeks until Christmas. This year has been interesting to say the least, and for a lot of people, exercise has not been a top priority. Even if you have returned to a regular exercise routine, today I’d like to discuss how to get the spring back in your step heading into the Spring season.
The days are starting to get longer and warmer heading into the hotter months. Now is a great time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outdoors for some physical activity. Research shows that exposure to sunlight has a number of key benefits for our physical and mental health (Holick, 2011; Razzaque, 2018):
It is recommended that we get at least 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight every day to reap these benefits (Holick, 2011). So why not get your dose whilst exercising!
Note: even though it is important to have a moderate exposure to sunlight, remember to be sun safe by wearing a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (particularly if you are exercising).
I hope this blog gives you some incentive to go outside and move! It really does put a spring in your physical and mental health.
Until next time, remember to stay safe, wash your hands and keep moving!