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10 Reasons The Sun Is Good For You

10 Reasons The Sun Is Good For You

Sunlight is important to all living things. The sun is the source of our planet’s energy – it nourishes our plants and warms the earth. It revitalizes human beings and gives us a reason to wake up every single day.

Unfortunately, most people today don’t get enough natural sunlight. Because our jobs and careers keep us indoors most of the day, we miss out on essential vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy and happy. Need a reason to go outside? Here are 10 reasons some time in the sun will improve your life:

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    1. It lifts your mood

    When you’re feeling sullen and down, the sun can make a difference. Sunlight lifts your mood to a state of tranquility and radiance. Notice how your mood usually improves as the day progresses? That’s because the sun starts to rise and makes everything seem alright.

    Those that suffer from depression should make a habit of pulling back the curtains in the morning everyday and taking in some sunlight. I have suffered at the hands of depression and know how hard it can be to make it through every single day. However, I’ve learned that the sun plays a crucial role in my mood. If the sun is out, I usually feel much better than I normally would have if it weren’t. So, some days I step out in the sun and go out for a nice long walk, basking in its warmth and glory. It makes a world of difference to tell you the truth. Really does, I must say!

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      2. It gives us Vitamin D

      Vitamin D is an essential part of our bodies. Luckily, you don’t have to take any vitamins to get your daily dose of it. Our greatest source of Vitamin D comes from our very own sun. So take it in, bask in it. All you need to do is embrace the warmth and glory of the sun’s rays to get your recommended dose of Vitamin D. Make sure you get an adequate amount to keep you going throughout the day. It will make you feel much better.

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        3. It eases depression

        Studies show that the sun’s rays can actually alleviate depression. The sun has the capability of easing  depression, no matter how minimal or severe. Even those who are not affected by depression can benefit from the sun because it keeps you happier and fit. So, if you seem to be feeling the blues lately, try to spend some more time in the sun. You will feel much better, lighter, and stress-free! I know I surely do.

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          4. It brightens your surroundings

          The light of the sun brightens everything in sight. It makes colors more vibrant and enriches our surroundings. Brightness is a gift of the sun. Embrace it.

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            5. It makes things easier for us

            When the sun is out, doesn’t everything just seem easier? Work is easier to do and the day feels much more special, if I say so myself. After it rains, the sun warms up everyone and everything quite spectacularly. It’s incredible phenomenon to behold, I have to say. Everything is lighter and easier with the sun out on a bright day.

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              6. It’s a great energy booster

              Your energy levels increase when the sun is out, which is something that statistics show and demonstrate as well. Just as the sun brings life to our planet, it recharges people as well.

              Next time you’re at the beach, take a look at the people around you. Are they happy? Excited? Moving around? It’s natural to feel energized when you are basking in the sun’s boundless energy. And with so much warmth coming from our sun, there is surely enough energy to go around for everyone.

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                7. It livens the senses

                All of your senses awaken when the sun is out. You can see more clearly and breathe more deeply. The sun breathes life into our world and makes the air around us feels like its alive. It’s no wonder some people feel their best when they go outdoors.

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                  8. It warms you up

                  Besides it’s wonderful psychological effects, staying warm is good for your body. It keeps circulation flowing through your body and its organs.

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                    9. It helps keep internal balance and rhythm

                    Your internal balance is maintained in a rhythm that regulates your body. Our waking, eating, and sleeping patterns are a natural part of that cycle. The sun is a major factor in how our body determines what time of day it is, and what to do. When the sun is up, our body knows it’s time to get work done. Once the sun is down, our body knows its time to rest and relax.

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                      10. It helps you feel good about yourself

                      The sun makes you feel plain old good. It’s as simple as that. And who doesn’t like to feel good about themselves?

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                        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                        1. Exercise Daily

                        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                        The basic nutritional advice includes:

                        • Eat unprocessed foods
                        • Eat more veggies
                        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                          5. Watch Out for Travel

                          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                          6. Start Slow

                          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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