Getting fresh air
It’s normal to spend more time indoors during the winter; but this year, many of us are inside more than ever. Whether you’re working from home (no daily commute), or just socializing less (keeping it in the bubble!); chances are you’re outside less and less these days. Fresh air has so many healthy benefits to offer, and we should all make a point of getting a daily dose whenever possible. Finding ways to be active outdoors can be great for both your mind and your body.
How it works:
- When you’re active outdoors, you’re more likely to breathe deeply, bringing more oxygen into your lungs and allowing your airways to dilate more fully.
- Fresh air can help you feel focused and energized. Our brains can become lethargic after too much time indoors or staring at screens. Stepping outside may help to hit the reset button on your brain function.
- With more oxygen in your blood, your body releases more serotonin (that “feel good” hormone), which is a real mood-booster. Whether you try snowshoeing for the first time, or head out to hit the slopes—chances are you’ll feel happier after spending some time outdoors.
You could try…
- Cross-country skiing in a local park.
- Skating with your kids.
- Helping your neighbours with shovelling (just don’t forget to stretch afterwards!).