My son has decided to make crew a part of his college experience. He enjoys the physical outlet and the company of his teammates. This weekend was the first regatta of the season, and our first ever.
We spent a beautiful day on the river near the Bricktown section of Oklahoma City. While we completely over did the sun thing, feeling it warm on my skin reminded me of an informal experiment I did this summer. Instead of my usual plan to dodge the sun by working outdoors either early in the morning or at dusk, I opted for short bursts of sun exposure watering and weeding while the sun was up. I tried to be out no more than twenty minutes at a time, one to three times each day. What I noticed was that I had a greater sense of well-being during my waking hours and more restful nights afterwards.
My experiment was far from scientifically significant. Still, I know what I know. I felt healthy and happy all summer long. Also regattas are not a bad way to get your daily dose of vitamin D.
(Other Than Feeling Happy) Potential Benefits of Vitamin D from Limited Sun Exposure:
Better absorption of calcium
Better melatonin regulation
Improvement in skin conditions/irritations
Increased endorphin levels in the blood stream
Increased serotonin levels
May discourage the development of diabetes and/or high blood pressure