Though I haven't gone on the lake I did have fun going a couple of times on the river so far and I hope to go often this winter.
When COVID 19 regulations hit we were required to be outside if we wanted to see others outside our family so the social butterfly in me made that a priority. I have enjoyed many a walk with friends when normally we probably would have sat inside. We had church services outside and more. I really enjoyed all that time outside and I have learned to dress better for the weather so that I didn't get too cold. It has been fun.
Being outside is also very good for our health. So if you are at all concerned about getting sick or just like to live a healthier life - why don't you try to spend more time outside.
Here are some ways that being outside can help you....
-More oxygen and cleaner lungs. Outside air almost always has higher levels of oxygen which will help clean out our lungs. With our world being concerned about a sickness that attacks the lungs - I recommend spending time outside to counteract that.
-Higher Brain Function. All that oxygen that we get outside is super helpful for our brain! Breathing in the fresh air helps your brain to work so much better.
-More Vitamin D. We get Vitamin D from sun exposure which happens outside. This helps with brain function and helps us to have a much stronger immune system.
-Lower Blood Pressure and Heart rate. Every cell in your body needs oxygen to function. More oxygen being available helps your heart to relax which then lowers your blood pressure.
-Reduces Stress. It has been found that spending time in nature reduces stress. Taking a walk outside helps the brain produce endorphins which are neurotransmitters responsible for regulating mood.
-It is good for your digestive system. When you have a better flow of oxygen in your body it helps you to digest food more effectively. This will especially be nice if you are trying to lost weight.
-It strengthens your immune system. When we increase the amount of oxygen it helps our white blood cells to function properly so they can kill bacteria and germs.
-It helps you heal faster. When cells get more oxygen they can work better which causes you to heal faster.
Here are some ways that I have been spending more time outside...
- Going on walks pretty much every day and sometime more with friends and family. It is a lovely way to visit and improve your health at the same time.
- Embrace jobs like shoveling, gardening, getting in wood, etc. that prompt you to spend time outside.
- Sometimes (especially if it isn't super cold) we will take a book or Ken even takes computer work outside.
- I try to do some of my exercises at least 3 times a week outside.
- Biking - even in the snow.
- Ice skating.