When warmer weather arrives, our local parks, trails, fields and courts come alive. Outdoor programs multiply, and we soon forget about those frigid temps and frosty afternoons that kept us inside and dormant.
As your community takes advantage of all the fresh air activities their local parks and rec program have to offer, they’ll also experience multiple benefits to their health and well-being.
More Sun, More Fun
A 2012 study found that adults exercised longer when they walked outside versus walking on a treadmill. Participants also reported enjoying the exercise more.
Rolling hills and wind resistance add up to a more challenging walk, run or cycling session. Not to mention, the view’s a lot better outside, too!
Exercising beyond four walls may also help decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Adults and kids alike can benefit from stress-reducing activities in the midst of a busy week.
Along with increased enjoyment and reduced stress, outdoor activity has also been found to decrease feelings of anger, confusion or tension.
Kids are more likely to move when they’re outdoors with friends. In fact, children engaged in 17 additional minutes of activity each hour when playing outside, according to a 2014 study.
Finally, maybe it’s time to reconsider those headphones. A walk in the park is a great way to meet neighbors, build relationships and strengthen the sense of community.