7 Benefits of Exercising in Nature
Written by Move More Fitness Ambassador, Lauren Beihotter
It's well-known that spending time in nature can improve you overall sense of well being, but check out these research-based benefits of exercising out- doors. Some of these might surprise you!
1. It will boost your mood: Researchers have found that time spent in nature, specifically being active outdoors, increased feelings of energy and decreased feelings of tension, anger and depression as compared to exercise performed indoors.
2. It could boost your immune system: A small study showed promising results regarding plant chemicals emitted from trees that can actually boost the human immune system.
3. Natural scenery can reduce stress: Studies have shown that time spent in a natural landscape can promote a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, reduce pulse rate and even reduce blood pressure.
4. You'll be more likely to stick to an outdoor exercise rou- tine: Researches have found that participants of outdoor exercise are find greater enjoyment and satisfaction with their workout and are therefore more likely to repeat the activity.
5. Vitamin D: Numerous studies have demonstrated the devastating effects of Vitamin D deficiency. It's estimated that nearly 75% of the US population does not receive the recommended daily amount. This is important be-
cause scientists also believe it may play a role in heart dis- ease, diabetes and cancer.
6. It may improve your self-esteem: While this might not be backed with scientific studies, it would appear that working out in a gym gives numerous opportunities to fo- cus on the fitness of others and our own shortcomings. Exercising in nature can give us a different scenery free of the normal gym distractions. The natural sensory stimulation may even improve your focus!
7. It's cheaper than a gym: This one is also a great benefit to keep in mind! It doesn't cost a thing to put on a pair of shoes and head outside for a walk.
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