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Take Time for a Nature Walk

Why Take a Nature Walk?

What is it about nature that makes us so much healthier? And what is about outdoor exercise that is better than working out in a gym? While there are many theories as to why being in nature makes us healthier, one leading hypothesis tells us that being outside increases our vitamin D intake. Why does this matter, you ask?

We keep learning more and more about the importance of vitamin D for our health. The health benefits of increasing your vitamin D intake can include: cancer prevention, correcting hormonal problems, reducing obesity, decreasing inflammation and strengthening our immune system. Because sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, it only seems logical that spending more time outside will increase your vitamin D intake.

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Did you know that being in a natural setting can also help increase your quality of sleep? Studies show that natural sunlight helps set the body’s internal clock which tells us when to eat and sleep. It even normalizes hormonal functions that occur at specific times of the day.

Additionally, enjoying the outdoors gives us a break from technology and the on-the-run lifestyle to which many of have become accustomed. When we’re outside, we have a clearer, more focused mindset. We get a chance to turn off—or better, leave behind—our cell phones to clear our heads and break from the stress we all have each and every day. We can pay more attention to our friends, pets, or ourselves.

Now, let’s go take a walk!

 

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