5 Reasons to Get Outside This Winter
December 28, 2018
Get outside your ROSS apartments in Hyattsville this winter for these benefits!
Dipping temperatures might have you heading for your coziest blanket, but think twice. Getting your daily dose of outdoor time this winter will boost your mood, improve your immune system, and maybe even make you more productive. Explore the outdoor amenities at our apartments in Hyattsville or travel to a nearby park to enjoy the following perks.
Getting outside for even just 15 minutes a day can significantly improve your mood this winter. Not only does going outside fight off cabin fever, it also reduces the likelihood of seasonal affective symptoms. In addition, being in nature has been shown to improve overall mood and sense of calm. Consider going to Magruder Park for a long bike ride, jog, or walk with the dog.
Most people know that sunlight exposure increases absorption of vitamin D. But did you know why vitamin D is so important? This critical nutrient helps improve bone growth and stability, and it also bolsters our immune system. So instead of hiding out indoors to avoid the flu, bundle up against the cold and head outside for extra protection against illness.
Time in the great outdoors provides the perfect space for contemplation. What are you looking forward to in 2019? What are your goals? Do you already have a New Year’s resolution in mind, and how do you plan to tackle it? These are big questions that take time to answer. Take a long walk to give yourself that space, or head into DC and get inspired by some of the most thought-provoking museums in the country.
Adjusting our fitness routine for winter can feel like a hassle, but if you find the right gear, winter exercise can actually be a benefit and not an inconvenience. When you exercise in cold weather, your body has to work harder to keep you warm, and your heart pumps harder to circulate blood. What does this mean? You burn more calories, and your heart gets healthier! Can’t bring yourself to do a full workout while shivering? Park farther from your gym and make the walk to the door your outdoor time for the day.
Anyone who’s splashed cold water on their face, taken the polar bear plunge, or stepped onto a snowy field for sports practice can tell you: Cold is energizing. Something about lower temperatures just pushes us toward wakefulness. It’s what keeps us snuggled in our beds past our alarms on winter mornings; but if we can harness the power of cold as an energizer, we can have a productive day from the very start.
ROSS’ apartments in Hyattsville offer a host of ways to get outdoors this winter, from beautifully landscaped grounds to a playground for the kids. Make the decision to live better by spending more time in nature this winter, and by making the move to a ROSS property. Take a tour today to explore your options.