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Are we missing something very important?

We have been witnessing drastic change in people’s attitude towards health and fitness all around. With this increasing interest in fitness patterns, lets be equipped with some better ideas to keep yourselves FIT all the time with a sustainable fitness routine. And yes, most of the people are following such routines. However, are we missing something really really big, when it comes to health and fitness?

We spend a whopping 90% of our time indoors and the lack of sunlight and fresh air could be taking its toll on our health.

running barefeet while on a vacation in Goa

It’s me, running bare-feet while on a vacation in Goa

Concentrations of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, mold and volatile organic compounds are higher indoors; indoor air pollution has been linked to headaches, fatigue, respiratory illnesses and heart disease. Too little exposure to natural light has also been associated with increases in cortisol, the stress hormone, and lower levels of melatonin increasing the risk for depression and poor sleep.

@ Tikona fort. Going out in nature is my routine

WHAT’S THE MAGIC NUMBER?

You don’t have to set up an office at the local park or trade the treadmill for a run in the park (though both are great ideas for boosting vitamin D levels). The latest research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found spending 120 minutes per week outdoors was enough to boost health and well-being.

And friends, this is not a condition. And not a thumb rule as well. The more time you spend outdoors in nature the more its beneficial to you.

I have a friend, Hemant, first of all is a nature lover. And secondly, recently he has become a fitness freak. His fitness routines are linked with outdoor activities mostly. He runs for 30 mins every morning on an open field, where there is no pollution at all. And once a week, he goes camping, hiking, trekking.

“Positive associations peaked between 200–300 minutes [and] the increase in the likelihood of reporting good health and high well-being was markedly and progressively greater for increased exposure over 2–3 hours”, said Hemant.

BENEFITS OF NATURE AND EXERCISE

Hemant suggests that nature provides a break from focused attention (hello, deadlines), stress reduction, social interaction and opportunities to be active.

“We observed comparable benefits among those who did and who did not achieve recommended exercise guidelines,” he adds.

Setting aside 120 (or more) minutes per week to spend outdoors is a small investment of time that offers big health benefits.

In addition to the perception of improved health and well-being noted in Scientific Reports, other studies have found clear association between spending time in nature and health outcomes. Natural sunlight and time in nature have been linked to reduced perception of pain; improved vision and enhanced mood and concentration. A 2018 study also found spending time in green spaces was associated with a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and pre-term death.

What else you can get?

Your workouts might improve, too. Research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found spending 20 minutes outdoors provided an energy boost equivalent to drinking one cup of coffee (with no post-caffeine crash).

Among groups that hiked outdoors for 45 minutes or walked on a treadmill for the same length of time, those who spent time outside felt more alert and less fatigued after their workouts, according to 2017 research.

“Look at how long mankind has existed in urban areas and how many diseases have come to be common in this short period … compared to times when mankind survived and thrived in more natural environments without the current major disorders,” he says. “It may be wise to return to nature and [experience the benefits to] health and well-being.”

All it takes is 120 minutes per week. But do not satisfy for less. Spend as much time as you can in the nature.

Regards,

Mahesh & Pallavi Thombare– 9923062525

Author is a well-known fitness coach from Pune. He has helped thousands of people with weight loss and weight gain. He runs a fitness club, weight loss centre in Hadapsar and Kothrud, Pune. Please feel free to contact him by submitting details below. 

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