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What Athletes Really Need This Spring

Being an athlete in this day and age can be overwhelming. We are inundated with new and “improved” indoor workout regimens and machines that promise results. More often than not, these workout fads fall short of our expectations or are simply unsustainable. This spring, we’re opting for something different - a way to workout that may be easier and healthier.

It’s called green exercise - physical exertion that takes place in natural environments.

It’s easy.
Working out on a consistent basis isn’t always easy. After a while, going to the gym can feel monotonous. Luckily, the spring season is filled with beauty and variety - enough to spice up any athlete’s workout. Depending on where you live, there is likely a symphony of colors waiting to serenade you. You just have to get out there. Once you do, odds are you will come back for more. In a study carried out by Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, participants reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity compared to indoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date.

It’s healthy.
It’s been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but we often forget the importance of getting “outside of our box” and wonder why we still feel sick. We may eat healthy and workout regularly, but how often do we really get outside? We drive from our homes, to work and then to the gym. Rinse and repeat. In the book, The Biophilia Hypothesis, Stephen R. Kellert says “We will never be truly healthy, satisfied, or fulfilled if we live apart and alienated from the environment from which we evolved.” The natural environment has an integral and positive impact on our health. According to sciencedaily.com, a study showed that “compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement.” Added bonus - soaking up some rays increases exposure to Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin essential to a healthy immune system and bones. But, don’t forget your sunscreen. ;)

All in all, green exercise is the best back-to-basics approach to working out we’ve found, and what better time than to incorporate green exercise than spring? So athletes, get outside, get your workout in, and don’t forget to smell the springtime roses!

Had enough time outside? Bring it back inside and relax with some yoga here at Joy Yoga Center!

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