Reasons to get Outdoors

People recovering from spinal surgery should be exposed to natural light.  Which helps relieve stress and supports taking fewer pain medications. So get outside and have fun!

Sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. This will help fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Limited sun exposure (don’t overdo it), supplemented with vitamin D pills if necessary, is a good regimen.

Going outside means less time in front of the TV and computer and more time walking and meeting people while doing other things that put the body in motion.

It is a fact sunlight tends to elevate people’s mood, makes us happy. Physical activity helps people relax and removes stress which also supports our motivation to diet.

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A person who uses a manual wheelchair can burn up to 120 calories in half an hour while wheeling at 2 mph on a flat surface, which is four times as much as someone doing the same action in a motorized wheelchair.

A partial list of wheelchair-related activities and their caloric burn (performed by a 160-pound adult in thirty minutes):

 

 

  • Sitting, watching TV: burns 40 calories
  • Dusting: 65
  • Table Tennis: 80
  • Vacuuming: 98
  • Basketball (shooting baskets): 116
  • Tennis: 149
  • Basketball (gameplay): 221
  • Nordic sit skiing: 428

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