Did you know the sun is your friend?
A top recommendation for overall health is to take in Vitamin D. The FDA currently recommends a daily dose of 1,000 IU. And while you can pop a pill every day to get there and hope that it’s absorbed by your body you could also opt to spent 10 minutes outside, and that's free.
There has been a lot written about the benefits of Vitamin D, so I won’t go into that here.
So, what else does the sun do for us?
Want better sleep? Spending time outside is critical for maintaining your circadian rhythm and reactivating your body’s ability to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. When properly aligned this could lead to better sleep. Better sleep means better recovery and better recovery means better health.
Need a pick me up? Regular sunlight exposure also increases your serotonin levels. In fact, there are studies by the National Institute of health that show that exposure to bright light is a good approach to increase serotonin without the use of drugs.
Finally, and probably most surprising, safe sun exposure can help protect you from Melanoma. In a study comparing indoor workers to outdoor workers, the office workers were found to have increased rates of melanoma because they were only exposed to UVA light. The study found that indoor light breaks down Vitamin D3 levels which leads to an increased risk of melanoma.
So get outside to a park and get this week’s workout done!
Chin-ups X 3, stay on the bar and switch the grip of only your left hand and do 3 more pull-ups. Stay on the bar and switch your right-hand grip and perform 3 more pull-ups. Continue in this manner until you are back at the beginning position and perform the last 3.
Challenge yourself by seeing how many you can perform in 15 minutes.