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Get Outside!

It’s finally that time of year where the weather is starting to get warmer! Whether you love the heat or are already eager for the next round of frigid temperatures (we won’t judge!), it’s important to soak up the sun in a fun and safe way.


Why should I go outside?

  • Being outside can improve your physical health in a variety of ways, such as improving cardiovascular health, reducing risk for type II diabetes, regulating blood pressure, and more.
  • The sun emits Vitamin D, which can regulate your mood and decrease symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Spending time in nature can help you regain your focus and increase creativity.
  • Dedicating time to spend outside can make you a kinder, more appreciative person.


What should I do?

  • Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) is a Japanese practice that involves “soaking in” the nature that is around you. Leave your devices at home and simply be.
  • Ride your bike around your neighborhood.
  • Go for a walk at a nearby park. (Extra points for bringing your dog along!)
  • Eat lunch on your patio or balcony.
  • Read a good book under a shady tree.
  • Get creative! There are lots of fun ways to spend your time outside. The opportunities are endless!


Sun safety suggestions (from The AAD):

  • Use a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30, is “Broad Spectrum” (has UVA+UVB protection), and is water resistant.
  • “If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade,” (AAD 2023). Keep in mind that the sun is typically the strongest from around 10am-2pm.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours (even on cloudy days).
  • The sun can dehydrate you faster than you think – drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear sunglasses and other sun-protective gear (wide-brimmed hat, etc).
  • Keep in mind that sun exposure may interact with some medications. Always read the labels on your medications or ask your doctor if sun sensitivity may be a concern for you.




The health benefits of the great outdoors: A systematic review and meta-analysis of greenspace exposure and health outcomes - PMC (

Spend Time in Nature to Reduce Stress and Anxiety | American Heart Association

How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More… (

The Benefits of 'Forest Bathing' | TIME

Sunscreen FAQs (


About the author: Lauryn Raff is a Marketing Assistant at Lifelong Access. She is also a senior undergraduate student at Illinois State University obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Lauryn has a passion for all things creative and hopes to use this quality along with her dedicated studies to make the world a better place. 


The views expressed are Lauryn's and do not necessarily represent the official views of Lifelong Access.

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