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5 reasons spring is beneficial to you

Healthy & Happy

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020

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After what feels like the longest, coldest winter, it’s finally time to come out of hibernation. Warmer weather is just around the corner! It’s still important to wear your facemask and keep your distance from others, but there are ways to have fun even with your mask on.

 

Apart from longer, warmer days, this season also comes with quite a few surprising benefits. Here are five:

 

1.   It’s good for saving on electricity
Warmer, longer days come with a money-saving benefit: reduced electricity use! Instead of using the tumble dryer to dry laundry, take advantage of the sun and hang it outdoors. Plus, with the sun rising earlier and setting later, you won’t need to keep the lights switched on for as long.

And, of course, let’s not forget that weekends are made for braais! It’s time to swap that Sunday winter roast for a family braai.

 

2.   It’s good for your mood
Experts believe that exposure to sunshine increases your brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This hormone is not only associated with boosting your mood, it also helps you feel calmer and more focused. When you don’t get enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can drop, which can have a negative effect on your mood.

 

3.   It’s good for your health
The sun is also a great source of natural vitamin D and getting a daily dose of this nutrient is important. In addition, maintaining a steady intake of vitamin D can prevent inflammation, improve your bone health and boost your immune system.

Just remember to limit your time in the sun because, while vitamin D is good for you, our African sun can be quite harsh and can cause skin cancer. It’s a good idea to keep out of the sun between 10am and 4pm when it’s hottest. And don’t forget to slather on the sunblock and wear a hat when you are out and about during the hotter hours.

 

4.   It’s good for getting you outdoors and active
Dust off your running shoes and get outside! Research has found that spending 30 minutes in nature per week can reduce your risk of high blood pressure and depression. With the days being warmer, there’s really no excuse to just curl up on the couch after work, snacking. Instead, take advantage of the longer summer days and go for a walk around the neighbourhood, or take the kids to your local park for some fresh air and exercise.

As an added bonus, moving more through exercise can help strengthen your bones and muscles, and boost your heart health and immune system.

 

5.   It’s good for sweating
As gross as it sounds, sweating is actually good for you. The reason? Well, the more you sweat, the cooler your body gets, helping improve blood circulation. Plus, a healthy amount of sweat can actually help your skin get rid of bacteria, dirt, oil and other impurities.

Prolonged sweating is also associated with the release of endorphins, which can boost your mood and improve your overall mental health.

 

Whether it’s saving money on electricity, spending time outdoors or getting your sweat

on, summertime comes with benefits. And while you take advantage of the longer,

warmer days, remember: slather on some sunblock and wear a hat!