Sunlight gets a bad reputation for giving us sunburns and skin cancer, but the reality is that most Americans are starved of natural light, which among other things stimulates the skin to produce Vitamin D that humans need for optimal health.
“Everything has an appropriate dose,” explained Jim Laird, owner of Lexington-based Gym Laird Strength & Conditioning. “You can overdose on water, exercise, sun, but we’re designed to be outdoors and in the sun; and people are so scared of the sun. Getting adequate light, especially in the winter is so important for Vitamin D. Most people don’t get that moderate exposure every day.”
Sun exposure is ideal, but there are also tools like Infrared Sauna that busy professionals can especially benefit from after spending so much time indoors.
Infrared Sauna harnesses the power of light to promote health. It helps the body sweat out toxins; improves cardiovascular health; promotes pain relief, better sleep, weight loss and relaxation. But Laird is most excited about the Infrared Sauna at his gym because it’s simply another way relax.
“It’s just another tool to allow people to chill out, basically,” he said. “We’ve got the float tank that certain people like, but the sauna price point is a little lower and it’s another way to disconnect. We’re all so wired up. They can get in the sauna with the bright lights and get some vitamin D, and it helps them check out and sweat.”
Infrared Saunas are increasing in popularity, and Laird recommends sitting under the sauna’s bright lights once a week or twice a month. If you don’t have access to one, consider getting a “Happy Light” at your desk or walking outside during lunch breaks for exposure to light.