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01.06.22 | Sage Advice

Health Benefits of Natural Light

For many of us, winter can be tough on our bodies, so the cold weather encourages us to shelter indoors. You’ll often hear from doctors and medical professionals the importance of Vitamin D in our lives throughout this season especially. Today, we’re highlighting the importance natural light plays in our lives and the significant benefits it can provide to us, especially during the winter: 

Improves Physical Health

There are a slew of health benefits you receive from catching some sunny rays. Spending time in natural light ups your Vitamin D level, also known as the sunshine vitamin. Appropriate levels of Vitamin D support your immune system as well as promote muscle and bone growth, as well as can help prevent depression, heart disease, and even some cancers!

Improves Productivity and Mindset

The more time you spend in the sun, the more you may notice your productivity going up. Studies have shown that there are strong links between natural light and daily productivity. Also, as mentioned earlier, natural light works to keep your mood lighter, actively working to prevent mental illnesses like Seasonal Affective Disorder and depression. All in all, natural light can truly help improve all aspects of life – whether it be mental or physical, natural light improves your general wellbeing! 

Ways to Find More Natural Light

Of course, the best way to improve your intake of natural light is by going outdoors. However, there are some adjustments you can make in your home to give yourself that sunny, natural feel. Mirrors and reflective metals can be your best friends! Things like reflective tiles, silver picture frames and glass chandeliers are going to reflect light in your home beautifully. Pair these things with a light color scheme–like white tones and light colors–in your home to maximize the amount of natural light you receive. 

At Sage Collective, we believe in the power of vibrant living. One of the best ways you can live vibrantly and boost your health this winter season is by providing yourself with as much natural light as possible.

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10.20.20 | Sage Advice

The Surprising Health Benefits of Walking

Walking is a great way to spend reflective time alone, to enjoy your neighborhood with a loved one and even to accomplish a workout. But how often do you say “let’s go for a walk around the block”? While walking is just a normal part of most of our lives, the act of going for a 30-minute walk each day actually brings with it a surprising array of health benefits. 

Walking Improves Physical Health

According to health and fitness experts, walking is far more than simply an ordinary way to get moving. Going for a walk at a moderate to brisk pace can even have health benefits parallel to that of running. According to one study conducted over six years, both the practice of going for a moderate walk and vigorous run result in reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.

That’s because walking increases cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness. It can also benefit your bone health; aiding in joint or bone stiffness and in the establishment of stronger, healthier bones. Other physical health benefits include improved balance, increased muscle strength and endurance, boosted immune function and — for those of us who may be watching our figures — decreased body fat. 

It Also Boosts Mental Health

Your physical health won’t be the only thing improved by developing a regular walking habit. Immediate impacts can be seen in increased energy levels and elevated moods — one study even suggested that going for a morning walk is more invigorating than a cup of coffee. That’s because walking improves oxygen flow throughout the body, sparking increased production of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones that help elevate energy levels.

And when it comes to your mood: walking has been demonstrated to help combat depression and anxiety, reduce symptoms of social withdrawal and even help to boost self image. Walking also encourages creative thinking — up to 60%, according to a study conducted by Stanford University. 

Maintaining this low-stress fitness regimen is also proven to slow down mental decline, improve memory and lower Alzheimer’s risk. Even further, research suggests that going for a daily walk can extend your life by reducing the risk of overall death up to 24%. 

At Sage Collective, we believe in the power of vibrant living. As a way to boost your body and mind, we see walking as an integral part of that practice, and encourage our residents to develop their own 30-minute a day habit. 

Two African-American women exercising together in the city, jogging or power walking, laughing and conversing. Buildings and trees are out of focus in the background. The one in pink is in her 60s and her friend is in her 50s.
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