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

Happy Family Spending Time Outside During WinterWhen the time comes for the weather to get cold and chilly in Aliso Viejo, your basic instinct may be to hibernate for the winter. But as a matter of fact, there are lots of valid reasons to keep going outside, even when it’s cold out there. Research shows that staying indoors too much can cause a real strain on your mental and physical health. For this reason, even in the case you are sheltering in place, you should do as much as you can to gain even just a bit of fresh air and sunlight day-to-day. But if it happens that you’re still not at all 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 can cause you to feel great. But in fact, natural light is best for your mood in many other aspects, as well. In the winter, natural light is rather harder to come by, so you’ll just have to go outside to get the full effect. If you can’t go very far, even spending some time on a porch, balcony, or yard on a sunny day can definitely help you to feel more cheerful.

2. Sunlight helps prevent disease.

As soon as sunlight hits the skin, it prompts the body to create and activate vitamin D. Studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D can cause a wide scope of serious mental and physical health issues, from depression to osteoporosis. Just even a little time in the sun, even though it’s cold out, can keep increasing your body’s ability to fight off all sorts of problems, particularly cancers, heart attacks, and more.

3. Spending time outdoors can improve your memory.

One of the most favorable and interesting effects of spending time outdoors is that walking around can help improve your memory – primarily 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 if indeed it happens that you don’t have any access to green spaces, every time and opportunity spent doing physical activity outdoors can ease stress and improve your concentration.

4. Going outside is good exercise.

Simply spending the time away from the couch (and the kitchen) can be a major contributor to a healthier lifestyle. People who spend more time outdoors, even in cold weather, are more likely to get more exercise. If certainly there are outdoor activities that you appreciate and really like to do, find an easy way to enjoy them all year round.

5. Sunlight boosts your immune system.

Do you tend to get a lot of colds and cases of flu in the wintertime? It may indeed be caused by not getting enough sun during those months. Researchers have found that spending time outdoors helps decrease stress hormones in the body, improving your immunity. Irrespective of the belief that being cold will trigger you to catch a cold, the opposite is true. Doing physical activity outside can foster to flush bacteria out of your airways, helping you avoid catching those nasty seasonal illnesses.

Even though you can’t actually go far, there are numerous good reasons to bundle up and spend some time feeling that winter sun on your face.

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