An Update on My Sunshine Challenge

It has been about a month since I started my winter challenge to spend more time out in the sun (despite the dropping temperatures).

While I have not been so great at actually tracking each and every minute I spend outdoors, what I have been doing is getting outside almost every single day. I work in an office complex and sit at a desk for the majority of my day (sigh), and I have made a conscious effort to get outside and walk around the building, at least once, every day that it is not pouring outside. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to do one lap around the building, and I’ll usually spend that time chatting on the phone with my mom. If the conversation is particularly flowing, I’ll go for two or even three times around the building. On most weekends, I’ll try and go for at least a short walk (or bike ride, now that Mitch got me an awesome bike for my birthday!)

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There’s a small man-made pond near my office that I see on my walks! 

To be entirely honest, I’m not sure that I’m getting enough vitamin D on my outdoor excursions each day, especially since I’m usually bundled up due to the cold. However, what I am getting is a refresher in the middle of the day. Sitting at a desk for hours on end makes me super lethargic, and lethargy leads to unproductiveness and inattentiveness. I’ve definitely realized that I am less stressed and focus much better after getting out for a little while, and with that, I’m definitely going to continue!

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