It’s the middle of summer and what a great time of the year this is.  I mean who doesn’t love summer, right? Everything is crisp green and you have plenty of time to enjoy the gorgeous outdoors.  The long lingering daylight hours, picnics, going to the beach, sipping iced tea, swimming in the pool, and that sexy beach hair… ahhhh it’s delicious...  But wait!  The sun!  Too much sun can’t be good!  Suddenly you get paranoid about the possible damage all that sunlight can be doing to you.  So you either slather a load of sunscreen or go running indoors.  And just like that, your dreamy open-air relaxation has turned into a guilt laden episode.

So even though you must always be protected from the sun with a superior sunscreen, there are several remarkable advantages of spending some sensible time absorbing some rays.


1. It cheers you up

It turns out that it’s not all in your head when you think your mood is lifted when you’re out in the sun.  But there’s also a chemical explanation for it.  Your brain releases the feel good chemical Serotonin in higher levels during daylight than during darkness.

2. Keeps you healthy

Sunlight helps the absorption of Vitamin D and in turn also the absorption of calcium for bone health.  Vitamin D is also called the sunshine vitamin because without it your body is not able to absorb it and with it you will also be protected against heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast, prostate and colon cancer.

3. Relieves skin disorders

Making sure that you don’t burn the skin and keeping sun exposure up to 30 minutes, it has been reported that sunlight helps ease some difficult conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema.  Just make sure you are not exposing skin that has existing scars or it can cause hyperpigmentation.

4. You’ll sleep like a baby

Getting some rays early in the morning helps combat insomnia and increase quality of sleep.  Your brain has a sleep-wake cycle that works by keeping the internal clock on track when it receives its dose of light in daytime.  Not getting enough sunlight in the morning will make it harder for you to fall and stay asleep, so make sure you sip in those rays at the ideal recommended time of 6-8:30 am. Your body will thank you for it.


Now you have permission to go outside but keep in mind that if you’re not used to sun exposure, you have to build it slowly and never abuse it.  Now go and enjoy the wind on your face and all the amazing things the outdoors has to offer. 

Run free. Shine on!