The benefits (and science) of Sunshine

Summer is here! The days are longer, the sun is shining and it's the school holidays. Now is the perfect time to get outside. You might wonder however, why being outside is so good for us. Here are some reasons and the science behind them...

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin is actually a hormone!

  • Vitamin D encourages healthy bones by helping calcium absorption.
  • It supports your immune system.
  • It helps your heart stay healthy

Sleep

Do you know about your circadian rhythm? It is your internal body clock

It helps your body know when it is daytime and nighttime, which in turn helps you fall asleep. Spending more time outside will help your body know when it is time to relax and when it is time to be alert.

Happy Chemicals

Being outside and being active will help your brain switch off, relieving you of the stresses of everyday life.

Did you know just being around trees has been proven to help reduce stress?

Playing outside will produce endorphins, the chemical that makes us feel happy!

Movement

Being active helps everyone feel good, but being active outside is even better. Bigger jumps, larger spaces to run and natural obstacles to play within will help your child refine their gross and fine motor skills.


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