The Benefits of Fitness
- Make you feel happier
- Help with weight loss
- Improve muscles and bones
- Increase energy levels
- Reduce risk of chronic disease
- Help skin health
- Help brain and memory
- Help relaxation and sleep quality
- Reduce pain
There is quantifiable research suggesting that outdoor exercise provides greater benefits than sweating indoors. In one study, the researchers found that exercising outdoors “was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity.”
Most city and neighborhood parks have some type of outdoor exercise equipment available to the community and the best part is, it’s free to use! You may also find some very nice walking, running or biking trails to utilize as well. And if you’re a sports enthusiast, you can sign up for some sports leagues at your local community recreation center or start your own. These leagues access the local sports fields and courts for their leagues and promote family and social activities.
Relax and unwind
After pushing your body mentally and physically it’s time for some R & R and there’s no place better than the relaxing in nature with family and friends. After a good run, workout or game, take the time to rest under the park shelter or grill some burgers and talk about your day with those you shared it with. It’s a great time to let your body rejuvenate from the day’s events white allowing you mental body to bond with people you share a common element with. Down time is just as important as up time. We need both for optimized balance in our lives.