As I write this I’m reminiscing about sitting by the ocean with the sun kissing my skin. It’s a perfect 32 degrees, there’s a light easterly whispering through the air and I have an iced long black in my hand.
Does it get much better than this?
I know I’m not alone in saying that the sun makes me feel good. Almost everybody I talk to loves it when the weather starts warming up and the beach becomes their second home again. Unfortunately, though, winter is well and truly upon us and this often means hiding away under the covers, avoiding the rain and more importantly the sun!
Amongst things essential to life like water, food, shelter and gainz, people can forget the importance of exposure to the sun. Without the sun’s heat and light the earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock…
That doesn’t sound like much fun to me.
Along with making us feel good, the sun warms our oceans, generates weather patterns, and provides the earth with the nourishment needed to grow the fresh produce that gives us the energy and the oxygen we need to survive. The sun is a pretty top bloke! As if doing all these things to make this world habitable wasn’t enough, it also happens to be our best source of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is super important when it comes to our growth and development. The following are some of the other benefits vitamin D can have on the mind and the body:
- Stronger bones
- Helps to fight depression and anxiety
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Decreases symptoms of asthma
- Helps to curb hunger/cravings which aids in fat loss
- Helps to protect against dementia
- Helps to lower cholesterol
As you can see, vitamin D has a pretty important roles within the body. If you are deficient in vitamin D you might be experiencing lethargy, sadness, bone/muscular weakness and you run an increased risk of stress fractures, especially in the lower limbs.
So as the sun hides away during winter make sure you make a conscious effort to get out amongst the rays!
Spending a short amount of time in the sun every day is a great way to prevent yourself from being deficient in Vit D (vitamin D is absorbed most efficiently through the skin and eyes). Along with getting more sun, you should start to increase your consumption of oily fish, think wild caught salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. They’re not only really tasty, high protein options for dinner, but they also contain high levels of omega 3’s which aid in fat loss and are a natural anti-inflammatory.
In summary, make sure you’re making the most of when the sun comes out to play and start reaping the benefits associated with vitamin D.
“Suns out Guns out!”