It’s an amazing time to be outside and take advantage of the health benefits of the season. Women are especially poised to benefit, since we tend to get caught up in all of the needs of the other people in our lives and neglect what is important for ourselves. The kids are out of school, the yard needs attention, trips need to be planned, and the laundry piles up with clothes from extra activities.
I used to shop at an outdoor outfitter’s store where the front door bore one short command: GO OUTSIDE. It’s great advice. Go outside and greet the neighbors down the block. Go outside and smell the flowers in the park. Go outside and feel the sunshine (or gentle rain!) on your head.
Of course there is a (not so) hidden agenda here, in case you haven’t guessed. All of these suggestions require movement. I won’t use that dreaded “E” word we all associate with the command to move our bodies more. I won’t promise never to use it, but for now just think of the wonders of the season waiting through your door. GO OUTSIDE!
About Dr. Janet Matthews
Janet Matthews, DO, is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Matthews has a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Tulsa, Okla. She completed an internship at the University of Oklahoma Department of Internal Medicine in Oklahoma City, Okla. and continued her training as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Columbia, Mo.
Dr. Matthews earned a Master of Arts degree in humanities from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, as well as a Master of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City. In addition, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Matthews is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She was previously employed by St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Okla. and was also author of a semi-weekly column, Women’s Health Today, featured in the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper in Oklahoma.