- Sunlight stimulates the body to produce vitamin D (as long as some of your skin is exposed) which reduces the risk for a deficiency since it's not found in many food sources. It it may also offer protection against bone diseases like osteoporosis, diabetes, and some cancers.
- Exposure to the sun may help to lift your mood. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months in which they experience symptoms of depression only during this time of year.
- It helps keep you (and maybe your pets and kids) active. Some people just don't like exercising indoors on a treadmill or other such exercise machine. So, even a short walk on a nice winter day is a benefit. Or you could engage in other winter sports activities if you feel inclined like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing...should I go on?
Now that we finally have some sun where I live (after a week of single digits and a looming snow cloud), I'll be outside enjoying it!
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