Getting outside is SO important, especially in winter. Here are some benefits of outdoor activities:
Exercise – In the summer and pretty much any other season, it’s a lot easier to get outside and enjoy that fresh air. But when the air hurts your face, it’s not so easy. However, getting out and moving gets your blood pumping, refreshes you, and allows you to get some cardio in. A lot of the winter sports also work muscle groups that you are probably not used to working. You’ll be sore in places you didn’t expect to be, but it’s so good for you!
Vitamin D – VITAMIN D IS SO IMPORTANT. I didn’t realize how big of an issue this was until I got to Alaska. Seasonal depression is a huge problem in Alaska, and it a directly related to not getting enough sunlight. The sun is the #1 source of Vitamin D for your body, and without it, many people become depressed, irritable, sleepy all the time, and have extremely low energy. The sun isn’t up for a very long time in Alaska winters, but IT IS UP for a little bit! So take advantage of it 🙂
Mental Health – This goes along with the Vitamin D bullet, but getting outside is one of the things that brings me a lot of joy. Even though it can be hard to find the motivation, it’s good for my mental health to get outside for a bit. Something about being in nature refreshes the soul a little bit (or sometime a lot).
We all agree that getting outside is super important, right? Okay. So, the next question is, what are some things you can do outside besides just going for a walk?
There are so many things! All the things!
Cross Country Skiing
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
Walk/Run the Dog with Friends
Tubing or Sledding
I’m hoping to personally do all of these things this winter and share my experiences with you! I’ve actually been able to do quite a few of them now that I have the proper winter attire (Texas girl problems). To read about my recent adventure with snowshoeing, check out this blog post.
Are there some things you’re really interested in reading about? Leave me a comment below 🙂