It seems like we wait all winter for the sun to shine, just to be warned to protect ourselves from it. Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can result in painful sunburn, skin cancer, and eye damage. These are reasons to protect from overexposure, not to stay inside all summer.
Some benefits of the sun include:
- Better sleep. Daily time in the sun helps to regulate circadian rhythms. Feel better. Sunshine has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress.
- Moving more. When we are outside, we are more likely to get physical activity.
- Vitamin D. Boost’s immunity, and improves calcium absorption for strong bones.
- Lowers blood pressure. Researchers show a compound is released in our blood vessels when skin is exposed to sun.*
While the sun can be a bright spot for human health, sensible sun exposure is key.