Take Your Workout Outside!

Take Your Workout Outside!

Embracing God’s gift of sunlight and vitamin D

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.

His love endures forever….

who made the great lights—

His love endures forever…

the sun to govern the day,

His love endures forever.”

Psalm 136: 1, 7-8


If you’re anything like me, your day is instantly better when the sun is out. Seriously - when I feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, I feel like God is giving me a great big hug. I am so grateful that I live in Evergreen, CO which is one of the sunniest places on the earth. Yes, we get cold weather, but it's not so bad because the sun is often out. I do enjoy the 4 seasons that we experience here,  but love that as i write this it's summer!! 

There's so many reasons why I love a sunny day. Not only does sunlight serve as a reminder of God’s endless love, but it also fuels your body's production of vitamin D. 

Modern lifestyles characterized by indoor work and hours glued to a screen have led to widespread vitamin D deficiency. This is a serious issue, because Vitamin D is super important to our health. The great thing about Vitamin D is there is an incredibly easy and extremely efficient way to stock up on this nutrient - get outside!

Spending time outdoors is your body's best way to naturally produce vitamin D. I know there are concerns about skin cancer but I do try and go without sunscreen for about 20 minutes so that my skin can absorb the sun.  By increasing your Vitamin D you’re helping to improve bone health, immune function, and overall well-being. 

Perhaps the most well-known role of vitamin D is in promoting bone health. It facilitates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, essential minerals for building and maintaining strong bones. Without adequate vitamin D, bones can become brittle and prone to fractures, increasing the risk of conditions like osteoporosis.

Vitamin D also plays a major role in supporting a healthy immune system. It boosts the production of proteins that fight off infections and helps regulate inflammation, keeping our body's response to pathogens in check. In simple terms, getting enough vitamin D supports our body's ability to defend itself against illnesses and stay healthy.

In addition to physical benefits, research supports that incorporating outdoor environments into regular physical activity routines can significantly enhance mental health as well. Vitamin D receptors are found in the brain, and the nutrient is believed to play a role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (particularly serotonin) which affect mood regulation. 

A meta-analysis published in Psychosomatic Medicine reported that increased Vitamin D was associated with a statistically significant reduction in depressive symptoms

This is absolutely fascinating to me: Vitamin D’s role in serotonin production makes it a natural mood enhancer, helping to ward off feelings of sadness and boost overall happiness.

But the BEST benefit of an outdoor workout (at least in my opinion) is that it allows us to witness God's beautiful creation. 

In the Psalms, we find numerous verses that mention the glory of God's creation, urging us to lift our voices in praise and thanksgiving for His blessings.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; 

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 19:1

I LOVE, like I mean REALLY LOVE our retreats that include a pilgrimage. My soul connects with God in such a personal way as I walk the pathways. The rolloing hills, lush vineyards, quaint villages are such a perfect backdrop to help form a heart of gratitude. If you ever get a chance to join me on one of our pilgrimages I have a feeling you will love it and feel God's presence too. I am currently working on our 2025 Retreat Schedule and can't wait to share it with you soon.

We actually have about 150 workout videos that are filmed outdoors. I love taking you to some of my favorite places and sharing them with you during our workout. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR OUTDOOR WORKOUTS

Here is an outdoor strength session my friends and I filmed. Check it out! 

Think about a favorite outdoor spot—a park, beach, or forest. What draws you to that place, and how might incorporating it into your workout routine enhance your overall experience?

 

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