While under our stay-at-home order, the staff members at Mobile Edge in Lehighton are making sure we get our daily dose of sunshine. It would be easy to turn completely nocturnal at a time like this. However, getting out of the house and into the sun helps our bodies produce vitamin D. If you’ve ever wondered what causes the winter blues, a contributing factor is the lack of sun exposure.
Daily Sun Exposure Helps Your Body
The stay-at-home order doesn’t mean you have to stay in your home. You are most certainly advised to get out of the house each day for some exercise, a change of scenery and some exposure to the sun. Many medical professionals recommend 10 to 30 minutes of sun exposure each day. The results can be an improved mood, reduced blood pressure, enhanced sleep quality and improved brain function.
Get Out and Breathe!
Where you live will determine how best to plan your outdoor activities. If your home is in a rural area, a walk around your property is great. In a residential area, don’t forget that it’s crucial to practice social distancing at all times. Don’t put yourself at risk by going to populated locations. A simple walk around the block will do wonders for your energy level and mood. If you aren’t able to get around easily, sitting on your porch works.
Your kids may love the chance to take their bikes or scooters out for a ride. Drawing encouraging messages on the sidewalk or driveway with chalk can be a lot of fun! If it’s warm enough outside, washing your car or truck is a great way to get sunshine and some light exercise. Vacuuming out the interior to get rid of winter’s salt and sand is also a great workout!
Keep Active and Stay Healthy
If you’re after a few other tips to help stay healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic, check out Part 2 of our series on tips for staying at home. We’d love to see photos of what you and your family have done to get your daily dose of sunshine. Be sure to share them on the Mobile Edge Facebook page.