The Benefits of Outdoor Exposure
by Alfredo López Editor GFN, LA West Coast on September 26, 2012 at 01:00 PM EDT


The benefits of outdoor exposure might be something many gamers are missing out, due to long hours of gaming. But the lack of outdoor activity causes a hindrance to the hobby as well as your body. Eye irritation, vitamin D deficiency, and general irritation are common side-effects of staying indoors. Here are reasons why outdoor exposure is good for you.

Avoiding Eye-Strain
Let’s face it: eye strain hurts, and nothing good comes out of it. Eye strain is our body’s way of telling us to give our eyes a rest and stop focusing on one particular spot, so they can move around and explore our surroundings. The brightness of day light is perfect for most people’s eyes; it’s not too bright or dim. Even if the sunlight were to be too strong-which it might be at times—you could always wear sunglasses—which I always wear.

Get Vitamin D from the Sun
The sun is known to be the most reliable source for Vitamin D. Vitamin D is what boosts our immune system so our bodies could fight off germs. According to Livestrong.com, getting up to ten minutes of sunlight daily could help our bodies get Vitamin D.  There’s no easier way to get Vitamin D, it’s free and all you have to do is go outside and enjoy the sun! It’s much cheaper to go out than buying vitamins.

Peace of Mind
Spending time outdoors can be peaceful and could put you in a better mood. Going out for a walk, jog, run, bike ride, etc. can also be so relaxing and healthy. An article on the Huffington Post website claims that being relaxed takes away stress, and by doing so, takes away the risks of high blood pressure and other heart related issues. Being relaxed could also increase your memory capacity. All you have to do is be relaxed, and you could do that by simply going outdoors.

Spending too much time indoors isn’t too good for your body, so try to get your outdoor exposure. There’s no specific time that a person is required to stay out, but generally 30 minutes is a good amount of time to spend outdoors, and that’s because it’s a reasonable amount of time to go out for a jog, walk, run, or do any other sort of fitness activity. Just don’t forget to wear sunblock if it’s a scorching hot day!

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