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3 Ways you can exercise outside instead of the gym

Everyone isn’t all about the gym life – a surplus of intimidating equipment and fit focused bodies packed in a building. Sure the alternative could be a specialty class. But what about when sweating inside those four walls can get repetitive or too expensive? Luckily, finding a place to work out elsewhere is as simple as finding a nearby park, plus it’s possibly your healthiest option.\r\nSince 2011 doctors have been attributing Green exercise to a low cost “solution to lower stress and recharger your mental batteries.” After all, whats fitness without fresh air? Our ability to focus with little effort is a main reason a layer of stress released when we’re in nature instead of in a building or even in a crowded area.  Get in touch with nature and exercise in a natural environment with a few ways to get started.\r\n\r\nHere’s how you can get started\r\nWalk, run, and run some more\r\nTake a…

Call to Action: Connecting with the Great Outdoors

This week we invite you to maximize the benefits of the great outdoors, and connect to the nature that surrounds you during these beautiful days of Indian Summer.\r\n\r\nTake a moment to consider what nature and the great outdoors means to you. Do you imagine a distant forest? A far off mountain? An exotic beach?\r\n\r\nNow let’s expand our definition. Nature is everywhere — on city sidewalks, the big sky above, the farmers’ market, your own backyard, the garden, city greenways, plants, animals, people, and, of course, in the beautiful national parks we are so blessed to experience across the country. Nature isn’t some far away place to visit only on a long weekend. It’s all around, and can (And should!) be savored right NOW.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSo —this week, let’s take a pause to unplug from our devices for five minutes a day and connect with nature.\r\n\r\n \r\nWeekly Call To Action:\r\nTake five minutes each day…

The Science: Time in Nature, Effects on Body, Mind and Spirit

Regardless of where we live, for most of us, modern life is marked by more time spent indoors and usually hours upon hours of time spent in front of our various screens.\r\n\r\nMany studies over the past several decades consistently show that time in nature (or even just scenes of natural environments) boosts both psychological and physiological wellbeing. Even a simple plant in a home, office, school or hospital has shown to have significant impact.\r\n\r\nNatural landscapes restore our mind, body and spirit because, unlike a busy sidewalk or computer screen, which bombard us with information, nature allows us to replenish our physical and mental resources.\r\n\r\n \r\nProven Benefits of Contact with Nature\r\nMIND:                                       \r\n\r\n Increased attention, focus and cognitive performance. Nature is a medicine for mental fatigue.\r\n Lowered stress, anxiety and depression, plus a significant alleviation of ruminating, worrying or rehashing.\r\n Increased happiness and elevated mood thanks in part to increased serotonin release.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBODY:\r\n\r\n Significantly lowered…

The Outdoors: Your Free Gym


Busy schedules, vacations and travel for work are the three most frequent excuses I get from my clients about why they can’t continue to work out. I always have suggestions about how we can all break free from the walls of the gym and move our bodies just about anywhere. Since the weather is still warm, the outdoors is the best place to get fit. Even if you do have access to a fitness facility, taking it outside can help provide a change of pace and scenery, and serve as a wonderful boredom buster. With an added dose of Vitamin D (but don’t forget to wear sunscreen!) you won’t feel like you are wasting a beautiful summer day in the gym, plus you can encourage family and friends to join you.\r\n\r\nBreaking out of the norm and learning to see the world as your gym is an extremely beneficial practice. Not…

The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

It’s more than just the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin…\r\nWhile the allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.\r\n\r\nYou stride differently when running outdoors, for one thing. Generally, studies find, people flex their ankles more when they run outside. They also, at least occasionally, run downhill, a movement that isn’t easily done on a treadmill and that stresses muscles differently than running on flat or uphill terrain. Outdoor exercise tends, too, to be more strenuous than the indoor version. In studies comparing the exertion of running on a treadmill and the exertion of running outside, treadmill runners expended less energy to cover the same distance as those striding across the ground outside, primarily because indoor exercisers face no wind…

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