A study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology found that “green exercise” improves people’s mood and self-esteem. So just what is this green exercise you say? Well for the most part its getting back to basics and getting out into the great outdoors. Exercising in a outdoor setting has been found to improve self-esteem, mood and heighten creativity, with the biggest effects coming in just five minutes; after that point, the effects were still positive over time but weren’t as dramatic as the initial gains. While every green environment studied improved participants’ mood and self-esteem, the presence of water seemed especially beneficial. Here are some great outdoor activities to get your self esteem in tip top shape.
Hiking: Getting out in the great outdoors for a long walk is a primal experience. Regular hikes can not only get you back in touch with the great outdoors but can improve cardio-pulmonary fitness, lower the risk of heart disease and increase bone density. This is also a great activity for people of all ages which means not only will you get a workout in, you can also spend some real quality time with the whole family.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding: Stand up paddle boarding or (SUP) is one of the hottest new outdoor activities around. According to Wikipedia The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and began as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of learner surfers, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint, increasing visibility of what was going on around them – such as incoming swell. But will you get a workout? The folks over at AndFit say :The stand up paddling encompasses both core and proprioceptive muscle action. It utilizes a whole body functional approach to building core muscle balance and support. A great sport for those who are in need of some rehabilitative exercise in a unique atmosphere above the water. Taken at the individual’s level and pace I recommend stand up surfing for many age groups and body shapes, especially those wanting to explore nature, be in great outdoors environment and improve their physical health too.
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is just plain fun .Zipping along a narrow path at breakneck speed, Splashing through a shallow stream and jumping over boulders can be invigorating. You get all the health benefits of road biking with the heart pounding excitement of a roller coaster ride.A study in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that women who bike more than 30 minutes each day have a reduced risk of breast cancer. Furthermore, teenagers who bike are 48 percent less likely to be overweight in adulthood.
Kayaking: Not only is getting out on a large body of crystal clear water on a beautiful fall day good for the soul its also does wonders for the body. Paddling a Kayak uses almost every muscle in the upper body. According to NGR Outdoors, a service of the Penn State Hershey Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion. The repetitive motions of paddling–approximately 500 strokes are needed to propel the boat one mile–tone and strengthen the muscles and burn calories, too.