There is some crazy statistic about how many Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency. We have all been scared by the threat of skin cancer and have somehow managed to retreat further and further indoors. We also, yes, mostly have jobs that are inside...we have allergies, we have...well, every excuse under the sun. (No pun intended.) But here's the thing...as humans, we are meant to interact with our natural environment. We are meant to have sunshine on our face (just use some SPF 30 if you want!), fresh air in our lungs, and automatic exercise from actually walking and not driving. I am the least "outdoors-y" person ever (my idea of "camping" is staying at a a less-than-4-star hotel, and when I was recently invited to the mud-filled Bonaroo Music Festival, I just started to laugh...), but you don't need to be in the woods or on a beach to reap the benefits of being outside in general.
So...what do I suggest? Take a walk. Before you leave for work. After dinner. With just your thoughts...or your iPod. Sit on a bench, in a park. With a friend. On a date (stop texting...believe it or not, sometimes old-fashioned actual talking works!). Live in the city? Wake up 15 minutes early and take a subway that's an extra few stops away from your apartment. Your butt will thank you as much as your slightest-hint-of-a-tan skin. Thinking about getting a dog? Do it! They love you unconditionally, but also force you to go outside multiple times a day.
So what does all this have to do with Stylewhipped? Oh, please...where do I even begin?! Vitamin D lifts our mood...making us more motivated, easier to get along with, more creative, and more apt to put more effort into our appearance. Extra, unintentional exercise makes us look better, feel better, and fit into our clothes better! Today I forced myself to go running outside after a fairly rough weekend (!)...and I found myself seriously basking in the not-too-hot Spring sun as I ran, smiling the whole way. I am now less tired than I was when I woke up and it's 6:30pm. And it's all because I consciously styled my life to include as much outside time as possible...and you should, too ;)