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Why Getting Outside is So Good for You

Are You Nature-Deprived?

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  So the next time you have the opportunity to get outside for a brisk walk or a workout, take the chance to soak in that Mother Nature! What's your favorite exercise to do outside? How does it make you feel?
 
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Science Daily. "In the Green of Health: Just 5 Minutes of 'Green Exercise' Optimal for Good Mental Health," accessed May 2011. www.sciencedaily.org.

 
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • JOANN25
    I like to get outside when the weather is nice. if it is raining, I pretty much stay inside. Mother Nature has good things to offer and I love walking in the outdoors and viewing God's glory in the things he has made. I'll try to do better and get out more. - 3/8/2016 4:50:22 PM
  • I walk to work all the time but I just recently discovered the trail near my home will be heading there to walk till the weather is good enough to ride it. - 2/6/2016 10:01:59 AM
  • I spend time outside everyday to be with my animals and just soak in nature. :) - 1/28/2016 7:56:22 AM
  • I live in a place where nature is all around me and I love it. It is good to be connected to Mother Earth. - 11/5/2015 7:24:39 PM
  • I'm experiencing this during this fall! My outside walk around the beautiful grounds of the Dearborn Inn each lunchtime is the highlight of my day! - 11/2/2015 12:39:59 PM
  • I go outside every morning with my dog and cat, summer or winter, and wake up while they explore for the day. It's my favorite thing. - 10/25/2015 9:15:29 AM
  • SOMAR12570

    great information. - 10/21/2015 8:31:36 AM
  • Our little town makes it a priority to preserve green space for the community. I am going to pass this article along to the city planner for fuel for that argument! - 9/9/2015 10:00:31 AM
  • Having lived my entire life in the country I've always enjoyed being outside. I know I would be miserable if all I could see was buildings and pavement. This is a great article and a good reminder to take advantage of blessings around us. - 6/30/2015 2:03:47 PM
  • SOMAR12570
    THIS ARTICLE IS VERY INFORMATIVE. - 6/2/2015 9:18:31 AM
  • I live with my back yard that turns into a wooded area. Except for my eating issues with white refined sugar sweets, my life is pretty stress free. I fall asleep each night being sung a lullaby through the frogs and wake up each morning the the beautiful praises of the song birds!!!!! And the best part, is when during the night, you hear the howling of the wolves!!!!!

    Yep, life next to the woods is pretty sweet!!!!! I wouldn't trade it for anything place else. - 5/29/2015 10:54:35 AM
  • Great article. Love all the ideas and suggestions listed. - 4/30/2015 1:20:09 PM
  • I live in a beautiful community built around a lake. It is 3 miles from our house, around the lake and back home. My goal is to be able to do that again. Haven't done it in many years!

    Meanwhile, I think I will go for a 5 - 10 minute walk outdoors!

    Article has inspired me! - 4/17/2015 2:22:50 PM
  • This is an awesome article with lots of information. I love being outside. I walk my dogs twice sometimes three times a day, rain or shine! :D It just does a body good to be outside in the sunshine instead of inside!
    - 4/11/2015 5:36:24 AM
  • SOMAR12570

    Great article with wonderful ideas. - 4/4/2015 3:48:23 PM

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