Folks, it's cold outside! Yet, no matter how chilly it may be, it will not get us off the hook for today's challenge. Our tendency as the temperature drops is to close all the windows and doors, grab a hot mug of herbal tea and hunker down wherever the warmth may be. But DAY TWO of our No Excuses November unabashedly reminds us of the importance of regular exposure to fresh air.
When we consider that the human body only has a life expectancy of about three minutes without air, we know it's pretty important stuff. The most beneficial air is that found amongst pine trees, and moving water such as waves and waterfalls. This air is known as "negatively charged" air (in this case, "negative" is positive). Negatively charged fresh air induces a state of peacefulness, decreases survival of harmful pathogens, and improves our sense of wellbeing.
One way to ensure we have adequate exposure to negatively charged fresh air is by opting for the outdoor walk instead of the treadmill, even when it's cold outside. As we mentioned yesterday, at least 30 minutes of movement (such as walking) is best. There are great products available now for those leery of slipping on ice, which simply slip over our shoes or winter boots to afford much better traction (YakTrax is one familiar brand). So really there are no excuses not to get your fresh air, even this time of year.
For those who simply cannot make the outdoor walk work, there are other options which may help. Try closing off your bedroom at night and crack a nearby window, add a few extra blankets for warmth and sleep peacefully, slippers nearby (in case of midnight trips to the restroom) -- it's actually a well documented fact that we sleep more soundly when we are exposed to fresh, crisp air during the night. Drive with the window cracked in the car on your morning or evening commute. Or take 10 minute breaks to practice your deep breathing in front of an open office window occasionally throughout the day. The added bonus to this, is that a few moments in fresh air (especially when combined with movement) will help your clarity of thought and can even boost productivity!
All excuses aside, be sure you get some fresh air today! (And remember to drink your daily amount of water too.)
NOTICE: The information provided herein is meant for educational purposes only. We accept no liability for your use of the information provided. As always, use your best judgment and if in doubt, please consult your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.