Benefits of Sunlight & Outdoor Activity

Published April 25th, 2023 by Dr. Daner

We have several advantages living here in South Florida—no state income tax, beautiful beaches, and great golf courses, just to name a few. But for me, the best benefit of living in the Sunshine State by far is, as you might guess, the abundance of sunshine all year long. The benefits of sunlight can do wonders for your health and energy, and that’s why outdoor activity and exercising outside are musts for your wellness routine

The Great Health Benefits of Sunlight

It’s possibly a controversial topic, but getting sun with regular outdoor activity can actually be healthy for our skin. Yes, this must be done in moderation—just like anything else—but getting the right amount of sun helps our skin maintain a good tone and makes us healthier. People look younger and in better shape when they are getting the right amount of sun. And if you’re getting your safe share of sunshine with an outdoor activity like shopping with friends or relaxing on the beach with the family, you’ll just feel happier, too. 

In this same regard, exercising outside in some form is worth making part of your routine. We tend to sweat more when exercising outside, which rids the bodies of toxins and releases endorphins that elevate our mood and make us feel good. The sun plays an important role in maintaining healthy testosterone levels and converting cholesterol to vitamin D, which supports weight loss and can boost your mood. Pairing the benefits of sunlight with regular exercise and a balanced, higher-protein diet will have you looking and feeling great in no time. 

Tips for Safely Enjoying Outdoor Activity

The fantastic benefits of sunlight are not to be missed, and you don’t have an excuse not to enjoy them when you live in South Florida. But you will want to take a few steps to make sure that you’re being safe and smart when it comes to outdoor activity and exercising outside. 

Of course, it’s important that you apply sunscreen to your exposed skin. Try to use a product that’s SPF 15 or higher and reapply every two hours or so. You should definitely track your time in the sun and take breaks every so often to avoid getting burned. Find a well-shaded spot like under a tree, beach umbrella, or picnic shelter. Being in the sun more also means it’s extra important that you’re drinking enough water. And be sure that you’re well-equipped with gear like sunglasses, hats, and clothes that will provide skin coverage. 
We’re lucky to avoid so much of the cold, gray weather that other states experience during the fall and winter. Make sure you’re taking good advantage and safely enjoying the benefits of sunlight all year long. Pairing regular outdoor activity and exercising outside with healthy lifestyle choices will have you feeling good more often. The team here at Markson Chiropractic in Plantation, FL, can help. Schedule your next appointment and take advantage of services like fitness and nutritional counseling and chiropractic care.

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