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Woodland Village Nursing Center Blog, March 2020 – Letter from the Administrator

Spring – Get Out & Get Moving

With spring on the horizon, it could not be a better time to get your daily dose of fresh air and exercise. Spending time outside makes you healthier, and it is scientifically proven! Here are a few reasons why going outside is healthy for you:

  1. It makes exercising easier – Research shows that the color green makes exercise feel less strenuous. During the study, those who exercised in front of the color green as compared to other colors, showed fewer mood disturbances and felt less exertion. Also, exercising outside is more enjoyable than exercising inside.
  2. Everyone needs a breath of fresh air– If you are spending most of your day inside at home, heading outside to work out in the fresh air can be invigorating. Fresh air has high negative-ion content—negative ions have been linked to increased alertness, improved well-being and a lower resting heart rate. All of these are added benefits when you’re trying to lose weight.
  3. It boosts vitamin D – 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D intake comes from the sun. Therefore, being outsides helps with bone growth, cell growth, and neuromuscular and immune function.

So, make it a goal to spend at least 10-15 minutes outside each day. If you are feeling motivated, hit the beach and go for a walk, bike ride, or tend to your garden. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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