Shorter Days, Cooler Nights Can Affect Health
Everyone loves to the see the sun, especially when you live in a state where the sun can disappear for days at a time. That is why it is so important to take advantage of the sunlight while you can, especially during the winter months.
If you’re like me, having to go outside in the winter, even to go to the gym, can be difficult. I would much rather snuggle in front the TV with my blanket and binge-watch the latest Netflix series. However, I regret it when spring comes, when I can no longer fit into my clothes.
According to self.com, exercising at the gym is good, but being able to take get out and get some sun is better. Even a brisk walk about the block on sunny days can lift your spirits, help you sleep better, lower your blood pressure, and boost your immune system by energizing T cells, a type of white blood cell that fights infection.
During the winter, many of us go to work when it’s dark and come home when it’s dark, so there aren’t a lot of chances to enjoy the sun, except on weekends or during our lunch hour. Some doctors recommend using a sun lamp when getting more sun really isn’t an option. (We live in Iowa, after all, where the weather is unpredictable, Mother Nature does what she wants, and our sunny days are numbered.)
Sun lamps mimics natural outdoor light and are most commonly used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons, but are also used to treat other conditions, including depression, sleep disorders, and dementia.
Keeping active during the winter months is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Take the kids sledding, ice skating or cross-country skiing. Join a bowling, volleyball or basketball league. The main thing is not to hibernate. Not only are you more likely to get sick, but your energy level will diminish, and you could gain unwanted weight, too.
And, considering our winters last six months, you might want to invest in a sun lamp, too … and dream of warmer weather.
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