By Unknown - June 26, 2017

Exercising in nature

Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. "Nature" can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general.

The idea that exercising in nature can make you feel better is clever.

If you’re feeling especially stressed or nervous, taking in a few breaths of fresh air which you can find while exercising in nature may leave you feeling much more refreshed and relaxed than you were before.

Breathing that fresh air in and out not only feels great, it’s benefiting your lungs. It helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the cleansing action of your lungs.
You’re breathing in more oxygen when you’re out in the fresh air. When your brain gets more oxygen, it’s going to be able to function more efficiently. It brings greater clarity and improves your concentration.

Natural landscapes simply provide us with more interesting things to view. The visual distraction decreases our rate of perceived exertion allowing us to train harder and for longer periods of time. Completing a long and challenging hike, trail run, or bike ride has an addictive quality that leaves us craving more!

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature while exercising, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

One of the most intriguing areas of current research is the impact of nature on general wellbeing. In one study in Mind, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending exercising outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced.

While exercising in nature you mostly bath in warm sunlight.  While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits.
  When sunlight hits the skin, it begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin formed during the process of Vitamin D formation. It regulates calcium absorption. When you have higher levels of vitamin D3 in your blood, you are at a lower risk of suffering fractures of virtually all types. And, it also enhances the body's capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues; very similar to the effects of exercise. The sun has a great effect on stamina, fitness and muscular development.
  Sun exposure can help suppress an overactive immune system, which could explain why sunlight is used to treat autoimmune diseases like psoriasis. Exposure to the sun also increases the number of white blood cells in our blood and they play a key role in fighting diseases and protecting the body from infections.

  So next time you are thinking of exercising, be sure to do that in a natural, and serene environment where you know you will have extra benefits.

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