The Importance of Green Exercise
When I am talking to people about increasing their activity and exercise levels, I encourage them to include some green exercise into their weekly routine.
There are so many benefits to regular exercise both physical and mental. But in our world that is full of technology and constant stimulation, incorporating some exercise in a natural environment can have further relaxation and stress management benefits.
The Japanese embrace this philosophy with their “Forrest Bathing” Shinrin Yoku. They spend time sitting, walking or relaxing in nature intentionally to reap these benefits that nature provides our brain. In nature fractals occur which are repetitive shapes and patterns. These fractals are very calming to our brain and help us relax.
So taking a walk, run, ride, swim or stretch in nature at least once per week will provide some green exercise to your program and you will feel these positive benefits to your overall physical and mental health.