Green Exercise: Include the Great Outdoors

07/28/2011 at 6:23 AM Leave a comment

According to Wikipedia “Green exercise refers to physical exercise undertaken in relatively natural environments.” I think back to Venice Beach

 days of yore. Beach gymnastics, weightlifting and bodybuilding in the sun were the norm. Even the idea of it makes me want to go exercise outside.

The fact is research shows that in as little as five minutes of exercising in an outdoor, natural setting can enhance your mood, self-esteem, and reduce stress/anxiety. Pretty cool, huh? What’s the implication for us? Well, anything that makes exercise more enjoyable is a good thing, so, look for those opportunities that allow you to take it outside even if it’s just a lunchtime walk.

Health clubs should also take this information and offer classes and small group training out in the fresh air. Yoga classes, boot camps,  speed, agility, quickness trainings are examples of minimal equipment, easy to take outside kinds of activities.

Just for the record, I’m not suggesting you abandon your gym routine. We need to maintain a well-designed, balanced, strength program. But, when you can add in the great outdoors, do it. You’ll feel better for it.


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