Now summer is almost upon us, it is time to go out and do some outdoor exercise. Find here 5 reasons of why doing sport out in the nature improves wellness in your life:
According to an article published by The Telegraph, a study found out that running in the forest is twice as good as a trip to the gym for our mental health. Researches highlighted that even a walk in the park has a positive impact on people suffering from anxiety and depression.
In fact, just a few minutes of exercise in a green space can improve our mental health. According to the BBC, the effect is even bigger when in the area there is also water, like a lake or a river.
According to some small studies, exercising outside lowers the levels of cortisol. In addition to this, training during daytime, plays an important role since direct exposure to sunlight improves our mood and increases our levels of vitamin D. As a consequence, we might reduce the risk of asthma, autoimmune disorders and thyroid disease.
Exercising outdoors brings us social and physical benefits. According to a study, “green exercise may help motivation to undertake physical activity by increasing enjoyment and escapism from everyday life, with both a social and entertainment value.”
A 2011 survey found that exercising outdoors also reinforces behaviors. It can be so motivating that we intend to repeat the activity more than those who go to the gym or do indoor activities.
We all know that exercise improves our memory and concentration. As we explained in our previous article, sport activity increases the production of certain hormones that are beneficial for cognition and brain health.
According to a study carried out by the University of Illinois, kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), improved their concentration after taking a brief walk of 20 minutes in a park than through the city.
According to the International Journal of Obesity, children who spent more time outside had 27 to 41 percent less chances of being overweight than those who spent more time indoors.
“Encouraging children between 10 to 12 years old to spend more time outdoors may be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity and preventing increases in overweight and obesity. Intervention research investigating the effect of increasing time outdoors on children’s physical activity and overweight is warranted.”
More than just improving your mood, working out outdoors also boosts your self-esteem and wellness. If you tend to suffer from anxiety, depression or seasonal affective disorder, regular outdoor exercise can substantially increase you wellness levels.
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