Spring Has Arrived!

By Aryn McLaren on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring has arrived! It’s time to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather, time to shed the winter coats and get outside to enjoy the spring season.

Sometimes getting outdoors and being active in today’s world can be a challenge. Our society spends a lot of time indoors in offices and watching TV; many of us even exercise inside. Lack of sunlight can not only have a negative effect on our mood, but also our physical well-being. Research suggests that three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, the so-called "sunshine vitamin" whose deficits are increasingly blamed for everything from cancer and heart disease to diabetes.

The solution? It’s so easy. GET OUTSIDE and do something! Here are a few ideas and resources to get you started.Finch

Outdoor Activities for Spring:

  • Leave your desk at lunch and walk outside in the sunshine
  • Ride a bike with a friend or family member
  • Play on the lawn for 30 minutes with a child or pet
  • Stroll down a trail and listen to the sounds of nature
  • Take a walk in a new direction
  • Dig in the dirt and garden
  • Go outside in the evening to enjoy sunsets

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No matter what you decide to do, you’ll be moving more and sitting less. You’ll be getting fresh air into your lungs and soaking up the beneficial rays of sunshine. You’ll enjoy the emotional benefits of engaging with nature and taking a break. It’s win-win-win-win.