March 17, 2022
Working out in the sun!
How good does it feel to once again be greeted by the sun in the mornings? Whilst it is still a bit chilly in the morning, the sun is a most welcome sight after 5 months of darkness and freezing conditions.
The Great Motivator
People are now starting to want to get out, and it is a great motivator – especially in the realm of personal fitness. This is the time to maximise the potential of clients working out in the sun either alone or as part of a group and the great drive for that is working out in the sun has many great health benefits that clients may not be aware of.
Whilst your clients have probably been getting their vitamin D intake from foods or drinks during the darker colder months, the presence of direct sunlight does much more for adequate levels of vitamin D through direct sunlight contact with the skin.
Studies Don’t Lie
Countless studies have been conducted over the years to showcase why direct sunlight exposure is positive, as well as how the lack thereof poses significant health risks.
Sun avoidance has been proven to be as bad for a person’s health as cigarette smoking, which is an incredible motivator for those who have recently quit and want to take up exercise to get back in shape.
For women who spend a lot of time working indoors, the chance to exercise outdoors in the sun also poses significant health benefits as women who seek the sun have one-eleventh the hip fracture risk as those who avoid it, and those who don’t get enough sun are posed with a risk of breast cancer 10 times bigger than those who get enough sun. Even women who sunbathe regularly have half the risk of death during 20 years than those who choose to spend their time indoors.
Men who work out outdoors have half the risk of melanoma than those who do so indoors, and with sun exposure increasing nitric oxide production – it also greatly reduces the risk of heart disease.
Vitamin D Essential
Vitamin D is essential to human survival and the only way to truly receive it is to get as much sun as possible – and adding that knowledge to a client’s fitness routine means that they will be more inclined to gain as much help outdoors than indoors.
Sun exposure also dramatically improves overall mood through serotonin and endorphin production, as well as increases production of BDNF which plays a major role in human health.
Whilst working out in the sun in an outdoor setting, you can inform your clients that doing so is helping a majority of health benefits. Being in the sun helps to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, boost the immune system and help prevent Vitamin D deficiency. The sunlight will also provide a reduction of cancer risk, lower blood pressure and help to improve sleep, mood and weight loss.
It also helps clients with weakened bones, skin disorders, depression and seasonal affective disorder – so the sun truly is helping you with your clients. Contact the team at Fit2Train today for personal trainer courses Cardiff and fitness instructing courses Plymouth.
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