Spring is officially here and its time to get back to the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, or a different outdoor fitness activity, it is great to know that fresh air exercise actually invigorates the body and nurtures the mind by reducing stress. After escaping indoors from the cold most of the winter, breathing fresh air and feeling the warm glow of the sun on your skin is rejuvenating and lifts your spirits. Not only does it feel great, but exposure to sunlight and fresh air actually offers your body both physical and mental health benefits.
Time Out for Yourself
Our increasingly busy schedules make it difficult for us to find the time to participate in outdoor activities or exercise. Whether it means waking up a half hour earlier in the morning to take a quick jog or waiting until the kids are tucked into bed at night, we encourage you to give it a shot – you won’t be disappointed. Fresh air helps clear your lungs and enables you to take deeper, longer breaths of air – increasing the amount of oxygen that is transported to your body’s cells. Increased oxygen in your body means greater energy and clarity of mind. According to a group of studies published in a 2010 issue of the “Journal of Environmental Psychology,” research participants reported feeling happier, healthier and more alive when they spent time in nature.”
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