Our ancestors had a close affinity with their natural environment, and the same need for physical activity as we do. Physical activity levels have declined in the Western world, and much of our fitness endeavors have moved indoors. Most people realize there is benefit to physical exercise, but is there added benefit to exercising outdoors?
Outdoor or green exercise is performed in natural spaces such as parks, forests, and at the seaside. I want to cover some of the potential benefits this form of exercise can provide over the indoor variety.
Benefits of green exercise
Walking – Walking outdoors has several advantages over its indoor counterpart, and can lead to enhanced feelings of:
- Feelings of frustration
- Tension and tiredness
Running – Compared to indoor treadmill conditions, those who run outdoors feel less
- Hostile and fatigued