While all exercise is good for you, there’s more to gain by moving through nature than on a treadmill. Some proven benefits of outdoor exercise are:
• Improved self-esteem and mood (pubs.acs.org/
• Revitalization, positive engagement, and the intent to continue exercising in the future (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
• Greater feelings of restoration and higher frequency of exercise (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
The evidence in favor of getting outside for regular exercise continues to grow… a 2012 Glasgow University study reports a 50% improvement in mental health when people are active outdoors vs. the gym. Specific improvements involved mild depression, sleep problems, stress, and feeling unable to cope.
“Exercising outdoors should be the first and most widely prescribed activity for everything from obesity to feeling blue,” comments Witherspoon. “Forget about training heart rates, warming up and cooling down, and all the other things that get in the way. Just set a comfortable pair of shoes by the door and get outside for a brisk 20-60 minute walk — it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.”
Organizations can inspire employees, members, and clients to get outside and get moving this fall with Walktober (http://www.hesonline.com/
Health Enhancement Systems creates employee wellness challenges for organizations in North America and throughout the world. More than 20 effective, engaging HES wellness competitions have been adopted by over a thousand organizations — serving hundreds of thousands of participants successfully.
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