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What Your Gym Exercise is Missing

What Your Gym Exercise is Missing

Taking your workout outside isn’t just a great way to enjoy the spring weather that looks like it’s finally here to stay (fingers crossed!). It also may be more beneficial to your health than exercising indoors.

Though benefits of exercising outside have already been proven, a new study examined what “green” exercise can do for the health of kids.

The study, done by Coventry University found kids who were exposed to scenes of nature while exercising were more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after the activity. Meaning even after the exercise was over; the kids in the study were experiencing health benefits.

For the study kids were separated into two groups. Some were shown a forest track while they cycled on an indoor bike for 15 minutes, while the rest were given no visual stimulus. Those who viewed nature scenes had lower post-activity blood pressure than those who did not.

Conducted indoors, the study isn’t a perfect example of what effect outdoor exercise can have on the body, but those behind the study are optimistic about its results. Dr. Michael Duncan, lead author of the study thinks the findings could influence public health recommendations.

“If there is indeed a correlation between viewing scenes of nature and a lower blood pressure post exercise, as indicated by our data, it could have very positive implications in encouraging public health practitioners to prescribe outdoor exercise to reduce health risk.”

Moving your exercise outside is one of the best parts of warmer weather, and it’s great to hear that doing so may provide more benefits than exposure to the sun. It can also be a great way to get the entire family involved in a physical activity by participating in a game or sport.

Spring is the perfect time for exercising outside, and with the potential added benefit of lowering your blood pressure, why wouldn’t you?

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12:58PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Okay now... Everybody - go outside!

11:40AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Having worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years, I can tell you the biggest problem is getting people to commit to exercise at all. As I tell my clients, exercise somewhere - anywhere, it doesn't have to be at my facility. With that said, there are advantages and disadvantages to both indoor and outdoor exercise. I happen to live in a rural area where outdoor exercise isn't always the most conducive to the older population as the ground is uneven, lack of leash laws, no walk ways and during the summer months extreme humidity. However, aside from that, taking your exercise outdoors after a long cold winter can be a great break from the monotony and breath life into a workout.

10:51PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

thanks

3:57AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

thank you for the article

2:18AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

I wonder how much difference there would have been if the children had actually gone out side..

5:51AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

I love to go walking outdoors.

1:46AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

I love outdoors exerise, I get to see the trees, birds, the sky and feel the air, so wonderful!

1:30AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Thank you :)

1:29AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Thank you :)

8:17PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

My husband and I enjoy a walk every day after supper, we love the rejuvenation of the fresh air and sunshine.

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