Fresh air and sunshine necessary for a life of gusto

Whatever it takes Boomers, fresh air and sunshine need to be part of your regular routine. For people truly interested in healthy aging and a life of gusto, let Mother Nature be your partner.

The more we can find excuses to get outside, the more we'll find out spirits lifting. It just happens whether we want it to or not. 

And who wouldn't want that? It sure beats having the blahs that come from staying inside with artificial light and recycled air circulating around us.

Taking inside activities to the outside helps us get more fresh air and sunshine.

We know we get some of our much-needed Vitamin D from sunshine.

Fifteen to 20 minutes of sunlight on our skin daily helps us get this essential nutrient that is so important in bone health, warding off cancer and depression and assisting absorption of other nutrients.

Sunshine also helps transform the cholesterol in your body into Vitamin D.

It eases the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that causes fatigue, moodiness and difficulty concentrating.

Fresh air acts as a disinfectant against germs and bacteria that thrive in closed-up areas. It speeds up recovery time from illness.

Combined with sunshine it just puts us in happier spirits. It boosts our energy level and gives us more bounce in our step.

Inhaling fresh outdoors air as opposed to stale indoors air helps us breathe deeper and longer.

That increases the oxygen that moves to and through the cells in our body helping us think with more clarity.

Being outside in the sunshine make us feel more vibrant, stronger, closer to nature and basically more alive.

One study even showed that being outdoors in the woods helped lower blood pressure and stress.

Ideas for more fresh air and sunshine

  • Explore your neighborhoods or downtowns on foot
  • Set up a card table outside and play cards or board games with friends
  • Go on picnics
  • Go to the beach
  • Hike various paths around town or in nearby recreational areas
  • Work in the garden
  • Mow the grass or pull weeds
  • Play outdoor games such as tennis, golf, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball 
  • Attend outdoor sports activities – football, baseball, soccer
  • Lounge on your deck soaking up sun (early mornings or late afternoons)

Even when the weather gets colder, we still need to find ways to get outdoors. Sometimes that might just be a brisk walk around the block.

But for our own quality of life, it needs to be as often as possible. It needs to be more than walking from your car to a building you're going into.

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