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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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                        Last Updated on November 20, 2020

                        Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                        Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                        Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

                        One 2017 study found that:[1]

                        “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

                        This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

                        Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

                          As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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                          Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

                          1. Remember Your Why

                          It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

                          Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

                          2. Go to Bed Early

                          If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

                          This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

                          3. Make a Commitment

                          I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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                          Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

                          You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

                          4. Find a Friend

                          If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

                          Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

                          Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

                          5. Treat Yourself

                          We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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                          You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

                          6. Change your Mindset

                          Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

                          When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

                          7. Plan Your Day

                          You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

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                            8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

                            Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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                            For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

                            9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

                            Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

                            10.  Set Multiple Alarms

                            Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

                            Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

                            Final Thoughts

                            About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

                            Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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