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Welcome to the great and very healthy outdoors

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Community News, Community News & People in the News, Senior Living

Published on November 07, 2018 with No Comments

 Some of us are outdoor people and others prefer to be indoors.  I have been an outdoor person since I was a teen in Boy Scouts and slept outdoors on the ground in every kind of weather, nice and warm, rainy, cold or snowy weather. I learned to love the outdoors.

So, what’s my point?  It’s Vitamin D.  People are healthier if they spend some time outdoors every day.  Outdoors is the best source of Vitamin D there is.  Doctors say that Vitamin D reduces the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, diabetes, obesity, some cancers and dementia.  As many as 70 percent of people in North America are deficient in Vitamin D.

Since my wife and I have a dog, I walk her (the dog) for at least a half-hour every single day—365 days a year.  I love it!  Sometimes it takes some planning to deal with rain, snow or subzero temperatures, but I always feel good afterwards.  Sometimes I look for excuses to get outside for a while, such as raking leaves or other yard work, washing the car, reading the paper on your back porch, or just talking to a neighbor.

There are many ways to get some Vitamin D every day. Golf, sports events, bike riding, walking, and sitting on your porch are all good examples of how to get some outdoor time.  Whatever keeps you outside for a while is good for you, even if it is for just half an hour.

Here in the Midwest, spending time outdoors in winter can be a challenge.  However, getting enough outdoor time in winter is just as important as any other time of the year.  Of course, you can get Vitamin D from pills, but there is nothing better than the great outdoors.  It can also help you ward off colds, depression and many other winter ills.

So, go buy some long underwear, a heavy winter coat, a good raincoat and an umbrella and spend some time outside. You’ll never regret it.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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