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Outdoor Exercisers: Get Closer to Nature

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8/7/2014 6:58:39 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Thanks for sharing.


8/6/2014 12:09:25 PM

MBTEPP's SparkPage
Wow, great tip to run by. I never would have thought about it. I will keep to bike trails as much as possible. I was thinking more traffic related accidents. Bears are not a problem in my neck of the woods.


6/24/2014 8:06:06 AM

KYLIECAT1's SparkPage
I live in the country and I thought this article was going to be about how to avoid bears ! lol


1/10/2014 11:57:49 AM

SPIFF37's SparkPage
Aww... feel bad for people who live in the city but like to exercise outdoors.


5/17/2013 9:04:08 AM

I live in the city, unfortunately I exercise there too.


5/14/2013 5:45:12 AM

KLUTZY68's SparkPage
I always wondered whether this might be true. Unfortunately, vegetable gardens in high traffic areas have the same problem.


2/13/2011 10:03:13 AM

SKYGLIDER1's SparkPage
I'm glad I run out in the country where there is little traffic! Thank you for this article, as I have not thought about this previously!


2/13/2011 7:22:20 AM

Yes, trails all the way! :)


11/9/2010 8:52:42 AM

I'm not sure this is news, really, considering stress is a major factor in cardiovascular health. Not to mention exhaust fumes, etc. I live in a rural area, so it's easy for me to get near nature, but not so easy for those who live in cities. Perhaps more green spaces?


4/7/2010 12:52:47 PM

MOONLIT's SparkPage
I haven't thought of this before. I will take this into consideration more and stay off those main roads. Thank you for this article!


11/3/2009 11:44:47 PM

SHEILA1505's SparkPage
Much as I love to walk around my neighbourhood, smell their roses and admire their home renovation projects, as well as exchange greetings along the way, I decided that uneven surfaces, traffic emissions including noise, and occasional feelings of insecurity were all sound reasons for driving me back into the treadmill section of the gym. Not only that - sometimes I'd almost coast to a standstill to admire the awesome majesty of the mountain or some other vista and so I probably wasn't getting as efficient a workout as on a monitored piece of machinery. I can still stand in awe to watch the changing light and seasons having their effect on the mountain as part of my meditation and "gratitudes"


9/2/2009 10:59:46 AM

I never considered this before. Thanks, Nicole, for another great article. Luckily, I live in a small town where heavy traffic isn't a problem. When I'm outdoors, I stay off the main roads anyway, but that's because I've always had this fear of getting swiped by a careless driver.


9/2/2009 1:38:36 AM

ME_HERE_NOW's SparkPage
i have always wondered about this, i figured it couldn't be good for you. really glad i am most often a late night walker; usually only one or 2 cars pass.


4/30/2009 4:17:49 PM

SHINAKO's SparkPage
Living in Florida, I have to walk during hot, sticky days where the humidity used to make it difficult for me to breathe at all, inside or outside the house. When I walk to pick up my son from school, I used to walk by the highway because it was the fastest route, but during school-and-work-hour traffic, along with some construction that's been going on, with a dose of the humidity, I keep my nose tucked into my shirt just for easier breathing! I've since opted to leave a little bit earlier and taking some backroads in the neighborhood to get to the school, I still have to cross the highway, but at least I'm not next to it for my 20 minute walk!


4/3/2009 6:11:31 PM

I have always thought that if I can smell the cars while walking, how much junk must I be breathing in when I am exerting myself. My walking partners and I stick to the urban - off road- hiking trails here in town. I occasionally walk surface streets, usually later in the evening and really early in the morning. Thank goodness for the airconditioned gym on 115 degree days.

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