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Nature Lovers Live Longer and Leaner

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

whee- happy snow feetGet Out with Your Bad Good Self

I was soaking in the tub after teaching two exercise classes, turning the pages of my Spring 2014 issue of National Parks magazine, when what do I come across? A motivating article by Dr. Daphne Miller, entitled “A Prescription for Nature,” all about how going outdoors enhances your health.

“Pfffftt,” you say. “Where’s the news in that?”  Well, when was the last time your doctor prescribed an outdoor jaunt?Rx for a Better Life

Live Longer, Leaner, and with Fewer Ailments

Step outside for a moment and contemplate the extent and degree to which nature positively affects you.

According to the article, “…exposure to green space can affect (y)our health just as much as other lifestyle factors traditionally covered in a medical visit.” Living close to a park or garden is associated with reduced body mass and lowered stress.  Also, older adults in greener neighborhoods have greater longevity. As Dr. Miller states, “our collective open spaces, from our vast national parks to our tiny city parks, act as a giant health reservoir.”

I’m all for diving into that reservoir. How about you? How about my sister, who announced (after being bitten by a ground wasp during a lake walk a few years ago) that she planned to “visit nature in a museum from now on!” Uh oh! i(Note from Alexandra: It’s all true. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a ground wasp. I still walk outside every day, but I bring along a flamethrower in case of wasps)

As a group fitness instructor, I advocate and adore indoor workouts. Yet, the idea of living longer and leaner with less stress by being a nature champion is also enticing! Ok, I also love being outdoors, and walk my dog almost every day.

Is Time in Nature Your Next Vital Sign?

Imagine checking in for your annual physical to get minutes spent exercising outdoors and in- noted on your chart along with your pulse, blood pressure, smoking and drinking habits, height, and weight.
Research convincingly shows that nature has a significant beneficial influence on our well-being. Need more back-up to get up and out? Cast your eye on these Fun Fit Facts. (please also pin them!)

Outdoors activity  - mood

 

Outdoor Walks - depression

 

Seasonal steps

 

Outdoors and compassion

Go outside this post by clicking on the pictures. Where will they take you?

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Then journey our way:

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2) Pick up the phone or email us to book us to speak at your next meeting or conference. Call (805) 403-4338 or email info@funandfit.org.

Photos Credits: taken by my fine self with my cell phone.

READERS: Where’s your favorite outdoor place or activity? When did you last go there or do that? Huh? huh?

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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9 Responses to Nature Lovers Live Longer and Leaner

  1. Tamara August 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    You know I’m a firm believer in the healing powers of nature!
    Heading offline to enjoy it with number one son. Have a fantastic day ladies!
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  2. Chloe Jeffreys August 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I have no doubt this is true. You can’t even really walk at the mall anymore what with the pushy salespeople at the kiosks trying to accost you. My husband knows that if I’m in a cranky mood all he needs to do it take me outside for a walk. It’s the best mood altering drug there is.
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  3. Bola August 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this timeless natural remedy. Taking time to “smell the roses” does wonders for getting anyone out of the despair of depression.
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  4. Evelyn August 6, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

    I enjoy walking in my yard and down my road. Nature is all around me and it is calming and healing for the mind, body and spirit. I’ll be enjoying more of nature, because I can get stuck inside and that’s not good.
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  5. Fun and Fit August 7, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Oooh, way to come up with the perfect quote!
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