In case it’s not clear, I am attempting to encourage you to exercise in ways that are fun and interesting so that you don’t even notice that you’re exercising. The key to becoming and staying fit is to become naturally active.
Ever hear of the Green Hour or Green Exercise? Green Exercise is a term used to refer to exercise obtained while outside in nature. The Green Hour refers to being in nature for one hour. If you haven’t guessed I am a massive fan of Green Exercise, lots of Green Hours and pretty much everything green.
When I first started working on my fitness I spent a lot of time in the gym as well as outside, working out. Eventually I gave up on the gym because it stank and I didn’t like weird guys watching me in the mirror and trying to chat me up. I didn’t go to the gym to make friends I went to chill out and get my sweat on. This experience brought me to where I am today.
Did you know that abundant scientific evidence shows that activity in natural areas decreases the risk of mental illness and improves your sense of well-being? With just 5 minutes of Greenness (that’s my word) you’ll receive both positive short-term mental health and long-term physical benefits.
It’s really easy, all you gotta do is make sure you get outside during your lunch break, walk to work or to the bar if that’s what it takes. All natural environments are beneficial including parks in urban settings. Apparently, green areas with water add something extra and a blue and green environment seems even better for health. That’s pretty darn cool don’t you think? Plus you get fresh air and furry critter sightings. What more could you want?
Fyi – Approximate calories burned per half hour if you’re a 150 lb person.
- Badminton 133
- Gardening 114
- Golf 133
- Hiking 191
- Home repair 76
- Horse back riding 114
- Kayaking 152
- Kick ball 229
- Lawn mowing 171
- Sex 170
- Walking 88