Get outside!

Today the GetStrong! crew got on our bikes and rode 15 miles along the Han River. Early September in Seoul, South Korea is still warm, but the cold weather is coming so I want to get us outside the gym as often as possible!

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Exercising outside is not only fun, but it may improve your health.  “The major source of vitamin D for children and adults is exposure to natural sunlight. Very few foods naturally contain or are fortified with vitamin D. Thus, the major cause of vitamin D deficiency is inadequate exposure to sunlight.”¹  And unfortunately, Vitamin D deficiency “may increase the risk of a host of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, some cancers, and multiple sclerosis, as well as infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and even the seasonal flu.”²  Therefore, exercising outside and getting exposed to sunlight can increase your Vitamin D levels and keep you healthy.

References:
Michael F. Holick, Neil C. Binkley, Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari, Catherine M. Gordon, David A. Hanley, Robert P. Heaney, M. Hassan Murad, and Connie M. Weaver

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2011 96:7, 1911-1930

²Harvard School of Public Health, Nutrition Source. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-d/

 

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