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Did someone say Spring…The science behind Exercising in the sunshine

I dare say it but it looks like spring has arrived… After last year’s late “Beast from the East” hitting us in late February I don’t want to jinx it but spring could well be here. Taking a walk in the sun could be all you need to give your heart a healthy boost. Research has shown that a combination of vitamin D and exercise was linked to fewer heart attacks and strokes.

Did you know …...Heart attacks blight the lives of 188,000 Britons annually, killing around 73,000 people every year. Meanwhile, every year there are about 152,000 strokes in Britain, equating to one every three and a half minutes What if we could reduce this daunting statistic by getting outside in the fresh air and soaking up some Vitamin D…...

For me there’s nothing as exhilarating as working out on a warm summer’s day….

While any form of exercise is great for your body and your mind, working out in the great outdoors is one of the healthiest ways to get fit. Below, I have put together the science behind why you should get outside and make the most of the Vitamin D. 

Feeling good

To some people, there’s nothing more daunting than stepping foot in the gym. While some people enjoy the competitive and focused nature such institutions provide, the ‘social ambience’ of a gym may not be best suited to your personality, whether that’s because of other people or overcrowding. Therefore, stepping out of the gym and exercising wherever you want to is a great way to break the cycle, feel more confident in your abilities and improve your self-esteem.

Oxygen and fresh air                                                                                                                                                             

Exercising in the great outdoors is not only good for your body, but it allows you to enjoy the fresh air – known to give you an energy boost and help you exercise for longer. Instead of being cooped up in a sweaty gym during the warmer months, it makes sense to visit your local park instead.

Soaking up the vitamin D

While we, of course, don’t recommend overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, spending time in the great outdoors is a great way to increase your levels of vitamin D. The vitamin is important for bone health and your metabolic function, and it’s known to help improve your immune system, endorphin production and sleeping pattern – so there really is no excuse not to go outdoors!

Improved mental health

The benefits of regular exercise include increased energy levels, reduced anger and depression and reduced levels of stress, but combining your workout with the sunshine offers additional bonuses. If you are not regularly exposed to the sun, your body can drop in serotonin, which can lead to SAD. Known as seasonal affective disorder, SAD can result in low moods, irritability, weight gain and a loss of energy – so it’s essential that you make the most of the great outdoors to keep your mind happy.

Cancer prevention                                              

While excess sunlight can result in skin cancer, a moderate amount of sunlight is known to prevent this. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cancer prevention, with colon cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer all linked to a lack of the hormone.

Wherever you are in the country, it’s easy to exercise outdoors and soak up the sun. And if you're looking for the next step and really want to increase your Vitamin D, why not check out our Corfu Fitness Retreat 2019.