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Soak up the Sunshine this Spring

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With the recent time change and the official start to Spring, many of us are adjusting and now enjoying the longer days (and more sunshine!). As well, the temperatures continue to rise, the snow is melting and the return to seeing green outside is certainly refreshing after a long, cold (and white) winter. As the weather improves, we wanted to talk about the benefits of moving your body on a regular basis and the importance of taking advantage of the sunshine and the Vitamin D it brings. 

We talk a lot about safety, especially in the workplace. However, you don’t have to be on a construction site to face health hazards. Working long hours at a desk, and not moving your body can impact both your physical and mental health. 

Now that we are being graced with longer days, be sure to take advantage of the extra daylight! Here are a few reasons why soaking up Vitamin D is a good idea, no matter the industry in which you work. 

Benefits of sunshine 

One of the main befits of sunshine are its UV rays which helps your body produce Vitamin D. This is important for your bones, blood cells, and immune system.  

According to WebMD, extra sunlight can help with better sleep, “Early morning sunlight in particular seems to help people get to sleep at night. This may be more important as you age because your eyes are less able to take in light, and you’re more likely to have problems going to sleep.” 

Need a boost of serotonin? Sunlight can help! Serotonin helps give your body energy and can aid in keeping you calm, positive and better focused. Often, a bit of sunshine on your face, can be an instant mood booster! 

The importance of movement 

We are not made to live sedentary lives. Our bodies crave movement, so you want to ensure you give your body what it needs. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being physically active improves your brain health, helps manage weight, reduces risk of disease, strengthens bones and muscles and improves your ability to complete everyday activities. 

Below are just a few examples of negative impacts a lack of movement may cause, and some remedies on how to combat them in the workplace: 

Negative Impacts: 

  • Heart disease  
  • Type 2 diabetes  
  • Cancer  
  • Poor blood circulation  
  • Shortened/tight hip flexors which lead to low back pain  
  • Musculoskeletal disorders  

Controls/Remedies: 

  • Take frequent breaks – walk around the office and do some light stretching often  
  • Drink plentiful amounts of water  
  • Get moving – this includes your eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds, and look 20 feet away). This is not only important for eye health but if you can’t see you’re more likely to have bad posture while trying to read  
  • Set up your work area – ensure your chair has lumbar support and your work surface allows for a neutral posture  

Now that you’ve read this blog, why not take a break and head outside for some much-needed movement and Vitamin D!  

Be sure to soak up the sunshine this season, and your body and mind will thank you.