Love the gym? Addicted to the treadmill? Can’t get enough of that hot yoga class? We get it, we love our climate-controlled environments too. But you may want to change it up a bit after reading why being outside can boost both your mental and physical health.
Several different studies have shown how “green exercise” – physical activity while being directly exposed to nature – is good for you and can even boost your self-esteem. One study shows how both urban and rural nature scenes can have positive effects on self-esteem, prompting researchers to conclude that green exercise has “important public and environmental health consequences.”
If you need more persuading, here are some good reasons to take a walk in the park or take a bike ride on your local bike path instead of hitting the gym. Even gardening, building a fence or raking your lawn can be excellent forms of outdoor exercise!
- Exercising outdoors provides an opportunity to be physically active in a constantly changing environment. As the American Council on Exercise (ACE) writes, the more challenging the terrain, the harder the body has to work to sustain an efficient work rate.
- Outdoor activity provides exposure to the sun and Vitamin D, important for a healthy immune system and strong bones.
- Being outdoors connects you to your local community, neighbors and neighborhood.
- Exercising outdoors is free.
Researchers found that exercising outdoors “was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity.”
- Studies show that being around trees helps reduce stress
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