Last Updated on June 14, 2022 by Lori Geurin
Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? I love going to the beach to soak up the sun. The long drive (or occasional, flight) from Missouri is always worth it. When I’m at the beach with my family it seems like all is right with the world. Laying in the warm sun, feeling the sand between my toes, and listening to the waves gently crash on the shore gives me a deep sense of peace and contentment.
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Soak Up The Sun: Health Benefits
This summer we took the family to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a week of “fun in the sun.” One day my daughter, Maddie, and I were out in the ocean (only a couple of days before more than a hundred sharks were spotted) and I was attempting to “teach” her how to ride the waves on a pool mattress.
I turned my back for a few seconds and was overcome by a giant wave, flipping me over and underwater. Once I was able to stand up (gracefully, of course 😉 we were both laughing uncontrollably. (Even though I lost my favorite sunglasses in the ocean in the midst of the fun and excitement) It was a memorable day I’ll not soon forget.
Taking time away from busy schedules to spend time outdoors with family and friends is healthy for our physical and mental well-being. You may enjoy the beach, the mountains, the lake, spending time at a beautiful park, or even your backyard.
Vitamin D Benefits
Breathing fresh air is invigorating. And being in the sun is important so your body will produce Vitamin D. Surprisingly, many Americans are deficient in this essential vitamin. So make time to get outside and enjoy soaking up the suns rays.
When you do, you’ll enjoy these benefits:
- healthier bones and teeth
- healthy babies
- supports the immune system
- boosts mental health
- healthy pregnancies
- regulates insulin levels
- boosts lung function
- supports the brain and nervous system
- reduced flu risk
What do you like to do in the sun? Do you enjoy spending time in nature?
Share your thoughts and comments below!
To read more about the importance of Vitamin D you’ll want to read 4 Nutritional Supplements Everyone Should Take.
(For inspiration, check out this acoustic version of Sheryl Crow singing Soak Up the Sun.)