1. Exercise and nature – a winning combo!

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    Gracey Hitchcock

    Gracey Hitchcock

    When I lived in Moscow, I developed a new appreciation

    for “Nature” and “Nature  Lovers”.

    My Russian friends always stopped to appreciate the wonders

    of the great outdoors.  Having a “Dacha”

    or country house – however simple or grand

    — was a luxury.

    How wise my friends were in their love of the outdoors.

    I know nature and country get-a-ways are loved around the world.

    But, I have never to this day heard so many people extoll the

    their love of the country as I  did in four years in Moscow.   And it seems they-

    and all nature lovers were right.

    There is significant new research on the benefits of exercising

    outside in the great outdoors. According to Phys Ed Columnist

     for the New York Times Gretchen Reynolds, “Studies haven’t yet

    established why, physiologically, exercising outside might improve

    ‘dispositions or inspire greater commitment to an exercise program”.

    In the same article she added, “A few small studies have found that

    people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress,

    after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside.”


    So while, I am not giving up my barre or yoga classes – and I am

    not suggesting you either – don’t underestimate the value of walking

    to the gym or after dinner with a friend or lover.  We tend over

    complicate things these days – and in doing so we may miss a lot of benefits.




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