Time outdoors helps emotional well-being

Participants stretch during a sunrise yoga class on the beach in Delray Beach in July.
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Participants stretch during a sunrise yoga class on the beach in Delray Beach in July.

Longtime South Floridians know the August daytime drill: Move as quickly as possible from the air-conditioned comfort of the indoors to the air-conditioned comfort of your car.

On most 90-plus-degree days, that’s the only viable strategy for tolerating our scorching tropical heat and humidity.

And with much of the US enveloped by record-setting heat in recent weeks, the rest of the country has no doubt adopted similar summer habits.

However, there is a downside to this often-necessary survival strategy: It limits our time being outside — and thus benefiting from all that nature has to offer.

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