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Well and Good: Top Five to Get Outside

If the beautiful spring weather is making you even more aware of how much time you spend in front of a screen, you’re not alone! Clear blue skies and fragrant flowers are calling us to come explore! Getting outside is good for more than just exercise; it makes us better from the inside out! Here are your top five to get outside:

Brain Power. No, it’s not just a silly wives’ tale; getting outside really does increase your mental capacity. A boost of oxygen due to deeper breathing is the biggest contributing factor. The next time you get a break at work, take a walk outside. Better yet, explore Tyler’s own Rose Rudman trail as an after-work activity! Peeling ourselves away from screen time for even 20 minutes each day has proven to positively affect mind function.

Vitamin D. You knew this was coming, right? Sunshine has “magical” powers! A cholesterol naturally present in skin, 7-dehydrocholesterol, in converted to vitamin D3 through a process initiated by UVB rays. The catch? Wearing sunscreen blocks these rays and subsequent D3 production. The solution? Supplement with D3 from Country Life or Nature’s Plus and avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. if you prefer to skip the sunscreen. Questions? We’d love to help! Stop by our Wellness department for your daily dose of D.

Circulation. A somewhat unexpected benefit of getting outdoors is improved circulation. Decreased time sitting in your favorite office chair or recliner will help prevent blood pooling. We’re not saying you need to run a marathon – even a brisk walk can do wonders for circulation… and the rest of you too!

Energy. We can all use more energy, right? If the demands of your day are continually increasing, take a break! It may seem contradictory, but taking a moment to get outside can dramatically increase energy levels. An infusion of oxygen and sunshine will invigorate you to finish your day strong! Plus stepping away for a moment can sometimes give you the great “a-ha!” moment you were looking for!

The Eyes Have It! We don’t think about it often, but prolonged time focusing directly ahead contributes to eye strain. The best optometrists will tell you that it’s important to focus on far distances occasionally when working on the computer for long periods. Getting outside helps you focus on a variety of distances, near and far. Taking a break from focusing your eyes on small print can help prevent future eye conditions. So stop staring at those reports and get outside, if only for a quick break.

Get outside! Your brain, heart, mind and eyes will thank you.