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August - Happy Birthday Colorado!

Take a hike to celebrate!

By Team Speed Admin - August 5, 2019

August Blog

August is an exciting and bustling month for most of us; it’s the unofficial sign that Summer has all but come to a close and it’s time to buckle down once again. Whether it’s school or work, we all know that responsibility is just around the corner. In no way does this mean that the fun has to stop. And as it turns out, August is a GREAT time for outdoor fun for two very special reasons! In August we celebrate two special birthdays.

August 1st is Colorado’s 143rd birthday! And August 25th is the National Park Service’s 102nd birthday. HOLY MOLY! And did you know that Colorado is home to 4 National Parks and a whopping 41 state parks. This beautiful state brings so many together to embrace and enjoy the natural surroundings. And with the 2019-20202 school year ramping up, it can be more important now than ever to get your mind and body in a healthy place.

However you may choose to enjoy the great outdoors, here are some positive and scientifically proven incentives to get your whole self into shape!
 
  • When you are active outdoors, your body is encountering a constantly changing environment. To keep up the activity at any pace, you need to adapt to all those subtle changes in your surroundings (such as slight inclines, bumps, or obstacles you may need to dodge). The more challenging the terrain, the harder the body has to work to sustain an efficient work rate. 
  • A free daily dose of D! Outdoor exercise is a way to get your vitamin D through sunlight. Vitamin D is one of many nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy. It helps the body absorb calcium, which then build bones and keep bones strong and healthy. Severely low levels of vitamin D can result in soft, brittle bones; bone pain; and muscle pain and weakness.
  • Outdoor exercise provides a mental health boost. Moving outdoors has been shown to reduce anger and depression and improve mood. Research also shows that as little as five minutes of outdoor exercise can improve self-esteem. Any outdoor location will do, but being near greenery or water enhances this effect.
So, get outside! Walk, crawl or run but it sounds like telling someone to “Take a hike!” is in their best interest! This August, wish our magnificent Colorado a very happy birthday by getting outdoors to give your body and mind a dose of exactly what the Dr. ordered in the last few weeks left of Summer.