Much has been said and written about the benefits of exercise to lifelong health. But regular workout is just one aspect that promotes wellbeing. The role of nature in health and wellness is one component that tends to get overlooked or neglected for varied reasons. Nature and fitness, however, does not have to be compartmentalized for you to enjoy their benefits. You can enjoy the best of both by taking on activities that make you connect more with nature.
Running is always best done outdoors. There are many roads, paths, and trails you can go for a good run. You can run in sidewalks or pavements along tree-lined streets, in the park, or woodland trails near you. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the myriad of sensations that running out in the open gives.
Biking is one skill that sticks once you learn it. You can learn to ride a bicycle and stop doing it for years but still manage to retain the muscle memory of doing it. And it is something you can easily learn anytime. Bicycling offers different ways to enjoy the outdoors more. Bike commuting provides a healthy alternative to getting around, mountain biking makes for more nature explorations, and bicycling touring is an exhilarating way to enjoy long distance travels.
Kayaking or Rowing
If you have not been on a boat in a river or lake, now is a good time as any to start doing it. Imagine paddling or rowing and feeling the boat glide on the water set against a backdrop of stunning nature scenery. Being out on the water gives you a tranquil space where you can simply bask in the sunshine and feel the wind while enjoying the natural sights and sounds around you.
If you are wondering what makes hiking such a popular activity, it may be a good time to gain some firsthand experience. Hiking and nature are inherently intertwined. You simply cannot enjoy one without the other. And one of the great things about it is that you can always ease your way into it by giving a trek in beautiful easy trails a try.
Exercise in itself is good for you. But you can enjoy greater benefits if you combine exercise and nature to nourish your mind and body. Thankfully, it is never too late to experience the benefits of exercising outdoors. Now is a good time as any to start an outdoor exercise routine.