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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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by Alli Phillips

by Alli Phillips

I encourage you to watch this short video summarizing new research on the positive effects of outdoor exercise on emotional state and mental health. What I find especially interesting is the finding that not all outdoor exercise is equal in its effects on our mental/emotional health…. Supporting what most outdoor exercise enthusiasts and iGniters already know, the research indicates that exercise in natural outdoor environments has a greater effect on mood and mental-emotional health than exercise in man-made outdoor environments. Although similar in some short-term affects on physical health, exercise in nature compared to indoor or even other outdoor “city-dweller” environments, is vastly more effective in improving mental and emotional state, and therefore important for overall health in the long-term.

Living in Austin, we have so many great opportunities to workout in nature.
Here are some suggestions:

Running/Hiking:
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Bull Creek Trail
Brushy Creek Trails
River Place Preserve Trails
Walnut Creek Trails
McKinney Falls Trails
Hamilton Pool Nature Trail

Swimming or Water-Running/Treading:
Barton Springs Pool
Twin Falls on Barton Creek
Bull Creek
Hippy Hollow
Hamilton Pool

I do hope you’ll get out and enjoy the great outdoors right here in Austin! Add hiking and/or swimming in nature to your summer bucket list…It’s cheaper and more effective than therapy and medicine!

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Grow Inside by Getting Outside

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Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca

As spring moves in (the first official day is tomorrow!) and brings with it longer days and better weather, lift your spirit by getting outside! A study in Evolutionary Psychology reveals that different natural settings bring about specific emotions in us. So depending on how you’re feeling this spring, head to one of these Austin-area spots to put a smile on your face!

When you need to unwind and relax…
Head down to Lady Bird Lake, Lake Travis, Lake Austin or even a pond or fountain near you and enjoy the H2O. “Water’s aesthetic qualities, such as its rhythmic movement, may induce a calming effect on our psyche,” says study author Joe Hinds, Ph.D.

Water helps us unwind & relax

Water helps us unwind & relax.

When you need to find clarity or do some deep thinking…
Go for a wander in the Barton Creek Greenbelt or another woodsy area. “When we’re isolated from the everyday hustle and bustle, we’re forced to turn inward and connect to ourselves in a deeper and more focused way,” says Hinds.

When you’re feeling lonely and isolated…
Make a trip over to Zilker Park, Pease Park, Rollingwood Park, Bee Caves Central Park or your closest neighborhood park. “Designed to be gathering places, parks give us a sense of togetherness,” Hinds explains. Who of us isn’t perked up by a renewed sense of community?  That’s it! Your go-to plan for the days when you need a pick-me-up. Thank goodness we live in a city with endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors!

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Listen to this song we love, and we know you’ll love too:

      • Brandi Carlisle’s “Have You Ever Wandered Lonely Through the Woods?”

Other Resources We Think You’ll Enjoy:

  • Louis Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

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Click on the Image above to link to Louis Schwartzenberg’s Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. Ted Talk.