Daily Dose of Daylight

 Shanghai, 14th November 2009

I would like to promote the 3D’s today… your Daily Daylight Dose. Did you have yours? Since more than a year now I have taken the habit of starting the day with a brisk 30 minutes morning walk, come rain or shine. While it initially started as a fitness exercise I have come to realize that my morning walks are more than that. It is obvious now that the daily exposure to daylight has far greater impact than energy burning only. Several key note speakers at PLDC have demonstrated how important it is that we are exposed to the qualities of daylight. Certainly considering that we spend so much time indoors! I find that my early morning walks (sometimes at sunrise) gives you something like fresh new energy and motivation for the day! It sorts of reconnects you with life. It is also a good time to reflect and think of the day ahead. Because I travel a lot my walks are very varied. Today I walked the busy streets of Shanghai; a week ago I was walking Maroubra Beach in Sydney… The other thing noticeable is that every city, every country has their own type of daylight in terms of colour and intensity. The daylight in Shanghai is definitely different than in Singapore or Sydney. Add to that the smell (and various degrees of pollution…) and you will appreciate that each day, each walk, can be a stimulating and healthy experience in many ways. Try your DDD tomorrow and let me know!

13. November 2009 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: light and health | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Dear Martin,
    you are absolutely right with the importance of sunlight.
    You can be happy living in such sunny cities like Shanghai, Singapore or Sidney. What can we recommend people in central Europe or Scandinavia specially in wintertime, when the climate is rainy and cold outside and they have to start working before twilight and finish after dust? I do not think of shiftworkers. In central Europe we have only 8 hours daylight in wintertime and so normal office workers have to start and finish their jobs in darkness. During their work smal windows and its glas reduce and filter the daylight. Thus they get only inadequate and unhealthy daylight and forget about artificial light.
    To find solutions for them is my main concern.
    Best regards

  2. Dear Heinrich, thanks for your comment! The first I received! I hope the blog will stimulate many others to follow your example. This topic is definitely close to my heart.

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