I bet many of you have never heard of the word nature-cising. Now don’t lie and say you have, because I just made it up about ten seconds ago! Nature-cising, or exercising in nature is what I want to talk to you about.
We have all heard the statistics about obesity, heart disease, cancer, etc. And we have also had people pound in our heads to eat a banana as a snack instead of a Snickers bar. Well I want to talk to you about the benefits of exercise. Now, before you roll your eyes, thinking you have heard it all before, keep reading, we aren’t going to be talking about running on a treadmill, but instead nature-cising.
#1- When running, walking the dog, jogging, playing with your kids outside you need oxygen, and the faster you move and more intensely you exercise, the more oxygen you need. Well, get outside, the fresh air will do you some good, because it literally has more oxygen in it than indoor air.
#2- Exercising outside will raise your serotonin levels- these are the “feel good” chemicals. So when seeing different scenery pass you by this makes you happy, and feel good, so therefore you will exercise longer and in turn burn more calories, and who doesn’t want that?
#3- Being in nature will have your senses on overload. That skunk smells awful. I hear a bee buzzing around me. The grass feels wet to walk on. The trees are so pretty this time of year. Your senses are being more stimulated than if you were exercising in a gym, because there are more interesting things to see.
#4- Your bones need two major things to grow, they are; calcium and Vitamin D. Vitamin D can be found in sunlight. So get outside and exercise to help your bones get stronger. Vitamin D will also optimize your hormone levels.
#5- Being outside will also decrease symptoms of depression. Remember that serotonin chemical we discussed earlier? Well that has a major part in this as well. Exercising outside will make you a happier person, and will make your body release more serotonin, therefore depression will not be as likely to occur.
As a person who exercises both places, in a gym, and outside I can definitely say that I feel more motivated when exercising outside. I hardly ever check my watch when going outside because the time flies so fast, and it’s always fun to find new places to hike, run, or even walk my dogs. So get outside and start nature-cising!!