Have you noticed that on the days you don’t go to work or get out of the house in the morning, you feel groggy for the rest of the day? I know I do. I have more energy on the days that I have to get up early for work than I do on the days that I attempt to sleep in.
Waking up in the morning and getting fresh air first thing can be so beneficial to your mind, body, and soul.
Here are several reasons why you should start your morning outside in order to claim your day.
1.It’ll wake you up
Your body responds to fresh air and the air in the morning tends to be more crisp and refreshing so that’ll wake your senses right up. 20 minutes spent outside is equivalent to one cup of coffee. So try skipping the latte and get outside for a few minutes and see how you feel, or drink your coffee outside for an extra boost 😉
2. It’ll lift your mood
Natural sunlight revs up your body’s feel-good chemical, serotonin. Which is why our serotonin levels are the lowest during the winter, because we rather hibernate than have our nose hairs freeze (if you don’t know what that feels like, come to Vermont during the winter.)
3. Vitamin D
The sunshine vitamin has so many important benefits to our health; helps maintain bone and teeth health, supports immune system, brain, and the nervous system, regulates insulin, supports lung function and cardiovascular health. So getting outside to get some vitamin D is super beneficial.
4. Being Present
Getting outside simply because you want to be outside and not just because you had to helps you become more aware of your surroundings and more appreciative, more present. Make it a habit to wake up a little earlier and go for a walk and take in all the things around you. It’s a beautiful world out there. You never know what you might find.
5. Reduces inflammation
Inflammation can be associated with many ailments including autoimmune disorders, depression, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease. Spending time outdoors is shown to help keep inflammation at bay.
One study shows that students spent in the forest had lower levels of inflammation than those who spent time in the city.
Staying inside in the dark or under fluorescent lights all day can have a negative impact on our lives and how we feel. Natural light can help boost our moods, our health, and our outlook on the world. Get outside. You won’t regret it.