How Much Fresh Air is Enough?
Ahhhhh..... Fresh air... crispy chill early in the morning, warm wind in the afternoon, refreshing breeze in the mountains... I love being outside and take every opportunity I can! I walk to work and back 1.5 miles each way - about 30 min each way. But how much fresh air is enough?
Spending about 30 minutes in the sun can provide you with nearly a day's supply of vitamin D through skin absorption, according to an article in the April, 2008 issue of the "Environmental Health Perspectives" journal. Having enough vitamin D in your body helps your bones form properly, which reduces your risk of developing bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Getting enough vitamin D per day may also reduce your risk of other diseases, including multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease. Furthermore, getting some UV radiation from sunlight on a daily basis can help reduce an overactive immune system for people with autoimmune conditions such as lupus and psoriasis.
So put on your walking shoes, put sunblock on and give your body the pleasure of fresh air!
Photo: Pasadena, CA 2018
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