Go Green with your Exercise

June 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Just in time for summer!

This month’s Weill Cornell Medical College Food & Fitness Advisor reports findings from a UK study that found that just   5 minutes of “green” exercise each day lifted study participants’ moods and boosted their self esteem. The study was published online on March 25th in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

And what is “green” exercise, you ask? The term refers to an activity in the presence of nature, such as walking, boating, gardening, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, and my favorite, hiking.

The most significant improvements in mood and self-esteem occurred when the participants were in the presence of water. Interesting!

So, next time at the beach, put the drink down, get out of your lounge chair, and take a little walk.  Not only is it good for the body, but good for the soul.  Me…I’ll be hiking in the Berkshires!

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