Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

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I think of myself as someone who takes good care of my health. I eat nearly 100% vegan and mostly whole foods. I ride my bike to and from Source Centre on a daily basis. I get adequate rest. And I have regular Network Spinal Care. What more could I do?

I was in for a shock when I stood in front of the camera lighting for a video shoot to answer frequently asked questions about Network Spinal Analysis. I squinted as my eyes adjusted to the brightness. Partway through the filming, I was fanning myself because of all the heat and perspiration! Most shocking though was how I felt standing in front of the lights. Yes, I was nervous, but I was much more alert than usual. I felt energetic and ready to take on anything.

How could I feel so much more alive standing in front of these bright lights? How could I, unless I’ve been missing something? Maybe sunshine?

Like many of you, I spend a lot of time indoors. Between all the responsibilities of running Source Centre and caring for my patients and practice members, I have limited opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

I look for easy ways to maximize the benefits of being outdoors. Here’s my advice:

  • Any time outside is better than none. Get outside even if you can only spare 30 seconds. Getting off your chair and away from the computer will give your body a break from the strain of sitting.
  • Look for some green space near your office and home. Being surrounded by green multiplies the benefit of being outside. Being on grass rather than a sidewalk makes a world of difference. Being surrounded by tree and plants is much more calming than being around buildings. Studies show that time spent in parks ease stress and frustration.
  • If you live or work near Source Centre or the Toronto Entertainment District, there are quite a few options nearby for green space. My top picks include:
  • Bike to work. It’s a great way to get exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and to reduce the stress of your commute.
  • Expose your skin. Roll up you sleeves and wear short or skirts. Skin that normally doesn’t see the sun will generate more vitamin D.
  • Get out in the middle of the day. The sun is the brightest between 11am and 3pm.
How do you get the most of the outdoors? Share your ideas by leaving a reply. If you found these tips useful please share this blog with your friends, family and co-workers.

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