Moving in nature has been proved to have wonderful benefits.
Outdoor life adds to one’s vitality and vigor. It increases one’s energies and enthusiasms. Ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) a term coined by pastoral counselor Howard Clinebell in his 1996 book can have regenerative powers, improving mood and easing anxiety stress, and depression.
Research found that majority of studies on benefits of exercising in nature confirmed an improvement in mental wellbeing: in comparison to exercising indoors. Natural environment exercise activity was linked to increased energy, greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, along with decreases in confusion, tension, depression and anger. The studies showed that those participants in the studies also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date.
There are many forms of exercising in nature. Walking, Cycling, Hiking, Running, Playing Golf are some common forms. I personally run outdoors mostly daily. I feel so grateful to live only a few blocks away from Central Park. I try to run mostly on the bridle path where its softer and I can also benefit from Earthing benefits. I like to run between the trees breathing in and interacting with the chlorophyll for further health benefits. If I’m traveling, I research in advance routes or parks to be able to run in.
I mostly always feel an increased mood and my spirit has been lifted after exercising in nature.
Research local parks or trails near your home or work place.
If you’re feeling hesitation, don’t think about it too much before heading out. Go out, give it a try and trust you will feel better. I always feel different after 15 minutes of being out there.
If music helps you feel better and lifts your mood, bring music.
Dress accordingly to be comfortable.
Take a friend if you feel you need the support.
Set the intention before to take accountability.
Have fun! Incorporate a playful experience for yourself.
Photo’s by Nihura Monteil