Living in Central Texas in February the weather is “slightly” unpredictable.
One day it’s almost 80 and sunny, next day we could have freezing rain.
The past couple of weeks I’ve noticed my energy levels were much lower than normal.
I was getting tired a lot more throughout the day.
Some days I was feeling depressed and down.
Then it hit me that I hadn’t seen much of the sun in the past three weeks.
My vitamin D levels were low.
Yesterday the sun was very bright and I had some time between training session so I took my two labs on a walk.
Fortunately, I also had a superhero join me just in case there were any bad guys who wanted to interrupt our walk:).
After our 30 minute walk, I noticed how much better I felt. What a difference getting some sunlight can make!
Here are a couple of benefits getting 30 minutes of sunlight daily can do for you:
1.) Decrease depression-studies have shown that increased vitamin D levels regulate your mood and ward off depression.
2.) Developing healthier habits-if you start incorporating a daily 30 minute walk, this will help you develop an overall healthier lifestyle. You will start to notice yourself being more active in other aspects of your daily life. Over time this will help you stay fitter and leaner.
3.) Making precious memories with loved ones-going on a walk with my 6yr old as he’s dressed as Spiderman is something that won’t be around much longer as he ages. This is time I will never get back if I don’t do it now with him. It also allows me to teach him healthy habits that he can pass on to his kids.
4.) Having gratitude and thankfulness for God’s creation-too many times I’m so focused and distracted by the hustle and bustle of life. Getting outside and seeing the trees bloom, flowers grow, and grass turn green makes me so thankful for where I live. It reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
These are just a couple of benefits of getting sunlight to increase your vitamin D levels. There’s a laundry list of benefits but these 4 are most important to me.
What activities are you going to start incorporating to get more vitamin D?