Wellness Pathway #210 Celebrate the Sun

In Wellness Pathway #130, I wrote about the importance of using sunscreen in order to protect yourself against skin cancer. This advice still stands, especially during the summer, like our readers in the southern hemisphere.

Most of our readers are in the middle of winter, however, and may need a little encouragement to get outside and celebrate the sun. Let’s remember, first of all, that the sun is the primary source of energy on planet earth. When the sun finally goes out (hopefully no time soon), life as we know it will also go out. The earth will become a cold, barren planet, much as Mars is today.

Perhaps that’s why getting outside in the winter is so important. It restores our connection to an important energy source, hence overcoming the impact of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Light therapy can help people feel better, especially when it’s coupled with conversation. Studies show that the two together, light and talk, can make quite a difference.

But it’s not just the emotional impact of sunlight in the winter that behooves us to get outside. Recent studies suggest many other health benefits. Vitamin D, which is produced by the body in response to sunlight, may help to prevent multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D also plays an important role in the absorption of calcium, promoting strong, healthy bones. In addition, getting outside can promote fitness with as little as 30 minutes of brisk walking per day.

Given the limitations of producing enough Vitamin D from sunlight, researchers now recommend that everyone take a daily supplement which includes 400 I.U. of Vitamin D. This proved to be much more effective than relying solely upon Vitamin D enriched foods.

Coaching Inquiries: How could you get outside and exercise more during the winter? Do you take a daily supplement which includes 400 I.U. of Vitamin D? Who do you talk with about your feelings?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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