With the cold of winter now leaving us in many parts of the world, summer is here and everything is going to be ok! We often find the winter months leave us feeling sad, depressed and withdrawn. So the summer brings a sense of joy and warmth – quite literally. Alhumdullilah, the changing seasons bring many signs to us; after sadness, darkness and cold things will look bright because the spring and summer are a guaranteed entity.
There are a number of benefits to our health during this summer time. Here is a list of 5 health benefits of Summer time for you to read and ponder about, ready to reap the benefits of the coming months.
1. Outdoor exercise
Winter means walking, running and hiking are put on pause for most of us. While some of us enjoy the life of the gym, this is not for everyone. The outdoors brings tons of exercise opportunities and with the weather warming up, this is a great way to benefit. The benefits of exercise are numerous, both for the physical and mental body. Reduced risk of bone and heart problems are two major ones as in a reduction in depression symptoms. Get outdoors!
2. Fresh fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are staples in a healthy diet and the warm weather sees a growth in a vast variety of these foods. Look out for farmer’s markets where you can source some locally grown produce. Alternatively, be vigilant in your local shopping markets to look for products that have been grown locally as these will be the most fresh. See if there are any local farms you can head to for a day out and collect some fruit and vegetables.
3. More time to sweat
No, this is not a reference to the idea of exercising! Sweating is a natural form of detoxification for the body and unfortunately, winter months with cold weather reduce the amount of sweat you are producing. While the smell is not always pleasant, sweating is an essential part to ensuring a healthy bodily system. Take a book and sit in the garden for 15-20minutes; work a sweat doing something you enjoy!
4. Vitamin D
The sunlight provides a natural form of vitamin D. This is a vitamin that plays a major role in the immune system, strength of bones, metabolism, and even emotional health. The winter months not only provide us with less vitamin D, we often resolve to remain indoors because of the low temperatures. With sisters who adorn hijab, this problem is heightened as less skin is in contact with the sun. Now with the summer months, soak in as much vitamin D as you can by spending some time outdoors with the sunshine.
The warm weather and the opportunities it brings socially means many people see a boost in their emotional health. They find they are less affected by sad emotions, allowing them to enjoy crucial moments in their life. This, in turn, has an amazing effect on their physical health as they are more likely to uphold health behaviours, such as exercising and eating healthy, then they would in colder months that tend to cause mood drops. Spending time outdoors is a must this summer as nature has been proven to impact mental health in a positive way.
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Aishah blogs over at Grains&Gains. Her blog covers a range of personal development topics including productivity, health, fitness and spiritual growth. Visit her blog over at www.grainsandgains.com and follow in facebook and instagram.