There’s nothing like stepping outside, taking in a breath of fresh air and feeling the warm sunshine on your face. Have you ever noticed that you just feel better after spending time outdoors? It’s one of the reasons Skyline was designed with so many spots for outdoor adventures. Not only is it fun to get outside and play, there are also a ton of great physical and mental health benefits to being in nature.

First, there’s the Vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin) that you get from the sun. As we all know, Vitamin D promotes bone and teeth health, so it’s also important for growing kids to get plenty of it. And if you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, try spending more time outdoors during the day. Exposure to sunlight can increase your melatonin production, which helps regulate your sleep cycle. This means your time outside can help you catch some Z’s when it’s time for bed.

Our friend the sun is the ultimate mood booster. For anyone who spends most of their day working indoors, going outside for a short walk during the day can help give you a boost of energy and lower stress, allowing you to be more creative and think outside the box. In fact, research has shown that your brain builds bigger creative webs when you’re in a good mood. Physical activity is known to relax and cheer people up, so taking a walk or being active outdoors has double the benefits! Plus, going outside gives your eyes a break from focusing on a screen all day.

Have you ever noticed kids love to play outside? Being in nature has a special benefit for them! When children play outdoors, it gives them the opportunity to play alone or connect with one another while they learn to share and problem solve. Being outside gives them the freedom to run around, touch things and explore nature. This unstructured style of play also allows kids to interact meaningfully with their surroundings. They can think more freely, design their own activities and approach the world in new, creative ways.

Lastly, being outdoors is just plain fun! Thankfully, at Skyline’s new home community in Santa Clarita, spending time outdoors comes naturally. Follow the trails and take a walk to one of our neighborhood parks. Bring along your four-legged friend – they love being outside, too! More than 1,600 acres of surrounding open space are yours to explore every day. Or walk to The Lookout, our community rec center, where you can splash around in the swimming pool or play bocce ball with the neighbors. At Skyline, there’s never a shortage of opportunities for outdoor fun.

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