HealthWatch: Being outdoors can improve your mental & physical health

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Aurora BayCare Medical Center wants to help people continue to focus on their overall wellness during the coronavirus pandemic.

In today’s HealthWatch Connie Fellman tells us why spending time outdoors, especially now that the warmer weather has arrived, can improve your mental and physical health.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center wants to help people continue to focus on their overall wellness during the coronavirus pandemic.

In today’s HealthWatch Connie Fellman tells us why spending time outdoors, especially now that the warmer weather has arrived, can improve your mental and physical health.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center wants to help people continue to focus on their overall wellness during the coronavirus pandemic.

In today’s HealthWatch Connie Fellman tells us why spending time outdoors, especially now that the warmer weather has arrived, can improve your mental and physical health.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center wants to help people continue to focus on their overall wellness during the coronavirus pandemic.

In today’s HealthWatch Connie Fellman tells us why spending time outdoors, especially now that the warmer weather has arrived, can improve your mental and physical health.

“When I was a little kid, my mom would say ‘Regan get outside and play. It’s good for you.’” says Regan Dahnert, a personal trainer with Aurora Baycare Medical Center. “Well it turns out, she was absolutely right. It is very good for you.”

So Mom was right all along…. and we haven’t been listening.

“According to the EPA most Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors,” says Dahnert.

With warmer weather on the way, Dahert says it’s more important than ever to get out and get active.

“Here in Wisconsin we only get about three months out of the year that are really warm, that we can get out and enjoy some outdoor sports,” Dahnert explains. “So I want everyone to just put down the their computers, get out of their office and go outside and enjoy some warm weather.”

In fact, just being out in the sunshine can help lift what, for many, has been a very dark cloud recently.

“Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D when we’re exposed to sunlight, and vitamin D helps us fight disease and reduce depression,” explains Dahnert.

In addition to our mental health, the outdoors can provide added protection to our physical well being.

“Getting outside helps boost your immunity, so when you go outside it helps you get exposed to healthy germs that help fight against disease and we all need our immunities strengthened right now.” says Dahnert.

Dahnert says being outdoors also goes hand in hand with being active, which is good for the body and the brain.

“Usually when we go outside, we’re doing some form of activity or exploring and movement increases blood circulation to your brain,” Dahnert explains. “Which then releases endorphins, which makes us feel happier. So being outside can help us in so many different ways.”

Whatever you choose to do outside, make sure to think of safety.

“Map out where you’re going, ” Dahnert suggests. “Please bring a family member or someone you’ve been quarantining with so that you’re as safe as possible.”

Be smart.

“Make sure you’re using sunscreen, bring bug spray as well,” reminds Dahnert.

And listen to your mother.

“So mom, I know you’re watching, Dahnert adds. “I think you should get outside and play because you know it’s good for you!”

For more information , visit Aurora BayCare’s resource center online at aurorabaycare.com.

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