With Spring comes the warm weather, and the best way to take advantage of it is to get outside and take care of the mind, body and spirit. Here are a few suggestions.

Exercise: We are all thankful for indoor gyms, however, during the warm weather, switching it up and getting outside not only provides your lungs with fresh air, but studies have shown exercising outside increases overall energy, creates a more positive attitude as well as decreasing confusion, tension and anger. How’s that for some good mental stimulation?

Catching Rays: The sun promotes Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with bone health, healthy teeth, supports the immune system, protects against brain aging (dementia), and decreases symptoms of asthma. On average experts say going outside for 10 to 15 minutes in the midday sun—in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen—will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin. What are you waiting for?!

Meditation: When we meditate outdoors we naturally adjust to the healing vibrations of the Earth. Our bodies also balance themselves naturally, and the sounds of nature become the music that plays in the background. What better way to uplift your spirit?

Lunch Time Walk: Okay, who doesn’t want to burn a few extra calories a day? Instead of sitting at your desk for lunch, get outside and take a walk. To burn even more calories, consume a 500-calorie protein shake instead of your normal lunch. Just this simple change from your normal routine can knock off one pound a week! And if you’re really looking for some comfy shoes to walk in we suggest trying Xero Shoes.  https://xeroshoes.com/go/coolamericamag They’re seriously amazing!!!

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