We all need a bit of sunshine to stay healthy and happy and, as busy as our lives are, sometimes
we don’t have enough time to sit outside and get our daily requisite. #Vitamin D is an essential vitamin to our body so we can absorb calcium and promote bone growth, as well as being thought to stave off depression, weight gain and even cancer. Our Vitamin D requirements depend on many factors such as age, weight, skin colour, time of year and individual health. So what can we do?
Of course spending long hours in the #sun can be very unhealthy so here are some sneaky ways to get your daily sunlight without risking your health or sacrificing your busy schedule.
- Wind down your car window
As you drive from destination to destination or take your child to their obligatory dance or karate class, wind down the car window and take advantage of those sun rays. Every little bit helps.
- Pull up your sleeves
It may not be the weather for short sleeves just yet but when you are outside, be mindful of the fact that you can pull your sleeves up a little bit to catch some of those healthy rays.
- Walk on the sunny side of the street
If you are going to choose a side of the street to walk on, opt for the one in the sunshine. Embrace the outdoors and enjoy it while it lasts.
- Walk to get some lunch or take a short stroll each day
Try to get outside as much as you can even if it means going for a walk during your lunch break to pick up your sandwich or the dry cleaning. Even walking your kids to and from school if it close enough will make a difference to your day.
- Draw the curtains, open the windows and let the sunshine in
Whenever you can, let the sunshine into your house to keep things feeling fresh. It is so easy to huddle in a closed environment, especially in winter, therefore you need to ensure that you let the sunshine in whenever you can.
- Set yourself up so you can work outside for a period of the day
If you are busy, try finding the balance to sit outside even while you are working. Granted, it is hard to work with a laptop or iPad outdoors, but if you position yourself correctly, you might be able to avoid a distracting reflection.
- Take your coffee outdoors
As much as you might like to sit in the coffee shop, grab your coffee to go and sit in the park or other outdoor area. You will definitely feel better for it.
These simple tips will give you the burst of sunshine you need to feel healthy and happy. Approximately 20 minutes of sunshine each day will do wonders for your system.