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Doctors Discuss Benefits of Fitness Training Outdoors

In recent news, sports medicine physicians have been discussing the benefits of outdoor fitness training as opposed to training in a gym. In an interview with the Huffington Post, an expert in sports medicine stated that it was extremely important that individuals spend about half their workout times practicing outdoor activity. The physician gave several reasons why it was important that people engaged in outdoor activity. Most of the benefits of outdoor activity that were mentioned by the sports medicine physician are physical benefits, but the practice of engaging in outdoor activity has also been proven to have lasting mental and cognitive benefits.

One of the key benefits of engaging in outdoor activity, according the physician quoted in the Huffington Post article, is the improved circulation that an outdoor workout provides. Studies have been done on the indoor air quality in workout facilities and the findings on nearly all the research have been astonishing. Air quality in most facilities are significantly lower than outdoor air quality (which is usually low in city boundaries because of pollution). This occurrence makes it extremely difficult for the body to perform the necessary metabolic processes it needs to undergo during rigorous physical activity. In order to ensure that the body is consuming the necessary amount of air required to perform optimally, trainers should ensure that they are spending at least half of their workout time outdoors.

Sports medicine physicians also conclude that individual should engage in outdoor activity in order to obtain necessary vitamins and minerals that they might otherwise be lacking. Many people are unaware of the Vitamin D deficiency that a large percentage of Americans are currently experiencing. Never before in history has the human population experienced such a mass deprivation of this essential vitamin. This occurrence has happened largely because societies have shifted almost every daily activity into an indoor facility where they are not exposed to sunlight for adequate amounts of time. By engaging in outdoor activity for at least half a workout, individuals can begin to treat their Vitamin D deficiency and expose themselves to many other essential nutrients that are only found in nature. Walking through grass barefoot, for example, has been proven to have many beneficial cognitive and physical effects because of the minerals absorbed through the feet. Americans should certainly consider engaging in outdoor activity.

Plumes of Depression

Clinical depression is a mental health issue that is often hard to address. A lot of people mistakenly label depression, thinking of it as an ephemeral emotion that is normal for everyone. While it is certainly healthy for people to experience fluctuations in mood, depression revolves around a consistent and distinctively low level of positive energy that can adversely affect a person’s lifestyle and ability to cope with everyday activities.

Depression also tends to interlace with other mental health ailments, such as anxiety and eating disorders. Combating depression is never simple, but if one is consistent, there are ways to build an individual’s resistance toward depression and its aftershocks.

Exercise is among the best ways to fight depression because it provides both instant gratification and long term results. Many people have heard of a “runner’s high”, but one can experience an endorphin boost from a variety of physical activities, especially when done outdoors.

There is certainly merit to working out indoors, but some studies suggest that exercising outside can actually result in a more acute alleviation of depression.

Depressed people tend to cloister themselves away within their homes and bedrooms, sealed off from the outside world. Depression can make going outside an effort in and of itself, but the change of scenery and atmosphere can shake the foundation of your mood and alleviate some negative energy.

If you suffer from social anxiety and depression, consider going for walks in the late evening or early morning, when people are scarce and the presence of nature is more vivid. You may be surprised to find the natural world easing your tensions.

The Importance of Tolerating Wandering Outdoor Pokemon Go Players

Pokemon Go has been something of a phenomenon following its U.S. release. Hundreds of thousands of people are suddenly coming outside, wandering in flocks. People are gathering at parks at all times of the day, even at 1:30 in the morning. The game actually caused a stampede in central park.

There have been some questions as to whether this is a trend that is quickly going south, or whether this is a new style of game that will be here for the foreseeable future.

Pokemon Go is not something to be discouraged, especially if you are a parent. This game is literally getting hundreds of thousands of people to go outside and get exercise.

If you do not play the game, do not look down on the people who do. Pokemon Go is helping America to get in shape. This game is bringing people to parks and walkways. It can be annoying to have to watch out for players who are wandering around, glued to their phones, but keep in mind that this is the first step to getting an entire generation to recognize the benefits of fresh air and exercise.

Many players have reported that the game already has helped lift their depression and get them back into life. It has taught people how to socialize at their own pace. It has motivated people to explore their towns, cities, and natural preserves.

The game could ignite a full-on health revolution coupled with a resurgence of interest in the preservation of parks and the splendor of nature.

Electric Bicycles Provide A Healthy Alternative To Traditional Automobile Commuting

Earlier today, I happened to read an online article about electric bicycles that really got me thinking about them for the first time. In this article, it mentions how important it is for people to exercise, and how the use of electric bicycles may actually help some people to exercise more.

The article goes on to mention a recent experiment conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The researchers gave electric bikes to a group of 20 men and women who were basically out-of-shape. It was suggested to these people that they use the electric bikes for commuting to and from their jobs.

The electric bikes that were provided to these people were the type that required pedaling to start the motor. The researchers wanted to see if using the bikes would help to motivate the riders into exercising more often.

After undergoing physical testing, each of the 20 volunteers was provided with a GPS device, a heart rate monitor and an electric bicycle. They were asked to ride the bikes to and from their jobs several times a week, for a month.

When the month ended, and their health data was recorded, it turns out that each volunteer provided healthier test results than at the beginning of the experiment.

The researchers concluded that electric bicycles can help to motivate some people into exercising, and that they could potentially be a good alternative to automobile commuting. They also concluded that the bikes’ high prices could limit ridership.

Exercising Outdoors is Awesome

Summer is in full swing, and if you’re one of most people who might not be as “summer bod ready” as you would have hoped, now is the time to start working out for your health and also for your confidence. Gyms aren’t for everyone, and it’s understandable why. Gyms can be hot and humid, intimidating, and boring. Yet, still, there is a place for you to work out, and you’ve known about it all along. It’s called the outdoors, and you can find some suggestions on outdoors workouts here.

Doing workouts outside is a wonderful feeling, especially if you’re not used to working out regularly and don’t want to be stressed out by everything going on at the gym. The outdoors are liberating, and almost from the beginning of every workout I do outside, I feel a little more free and happy with myself. That’s something I just don’t get at a gym sweating away on a bike in a crowded room full of other sweaty people.

When I’ve had a long day at work, am frustrated and need to think, or just want some time to myself, I’ll walk around outside for the length of an album playing on my iPhone. At about 45 minutes, that counts as a workout right there. Whether it’s swimming, gardening, cycling, doing it outside might just be the change your workout needed.