After a long, cold winter, the sun is a welcome sight. As the weather warms up, you naturally want to spend time outdoors. Plus, exposure to sunlight is good for you, improving both your physical and emotional well-being. As little as five to 15 minutes of sunlight two to three times each week is enough to boost Vitamin D in your body, and increased levels of Vitamin D help with maintaining bone and teeth health, regulating insulin levels, supporting cardiovascular health, and more.
But it’s important to find the right types of outdoor activities to fit your own comfort levels. Just be sure to limit your sun exposure to keep your skin safe and avoid spending too much time in extremely hot temperatures. There are some things you can do that will keep you safe and healthy, while still getting you outside each day.
Spend Time with Loved Ones
The best way to get a little sunshine is to enjoy it with people you love. Watching your grandchildren play sports or having morning coffee at an outdoor cafe with a cherished friend are both perfect ways to get outside. When guests stop by for a visit, take advantage of the opportunity to go for a short walk or sit outside on your patio.
Be a Tourist
Chances are, you have local hot spots you rarely visit. Take note of these attractions and make a point to visit a few of them. Also, watch out for local events like farmer’s markets and craft sales. You can do a little shopping while also enjoying the great weather.
Take a Walk
Exercise brings plenty of health benefits, making it the perfect excuse to spend time outside. Make it a point to take a daily walk. You don’t have to move at a brisk pace or even travel a long distance. There’s likely a safe area close to home that will allow you to take a 15-minute walk at least a few times a week.
Have a Picnic
You have to eat lunch. What better way to enjoy some sandwiches than outside? If there’s a park nearby, pack a lunch and scope out a bench or table. You don’t even have to bring a friend along. If you choose a busy park, you’ll find plenty of entertainment in people watching.
Take Up Gardening
Gardening is a great hobby for anyone who wants to spend more time outdoors. Don’t feel pressured to tend a large area. You can build a small garden that lets you grow flowers or plants. If you live in an apartment or assisted living space, you can set up a garden bed on a balcony, patio, fire escape, or even a window in your kitchen. The latter won’t take you outside, but you can still open the window and enjoy a warm breeze while you work.
Some time outside is not only good for the soul, but it also benefits your overall health and well-being. As long as you stay hydrated and moderate your sun exposure, you can stay safe while also enjoying the warmest months of the year. Check out the Walker Methodist blog for more tips!