Connecting water and board at the beach in Southern California.
With Spring in full bloom, taking your exercise activities outdoors could not only boost physical health, but mental well being too, according to Mind, a nonprofit mental health organization based in the UK.
Mind recently conducted research on whether or not outdoor, “green” activities improved overall mental health. While the survey samples were small, the findings are strong. Out of 100 people polled, over 94% of commented that green exercise improves their mental health. Another test included setting up two contrasting walks with 20 participants in each group, one outdoors amongst nature and one indoors. 71% of people experienced a decrease in the levels of depression after an outdoor walk verses 45% indoors.
Mind’s website offers suggestions for making an outdoor date and creative ideas to help inspire more outdoor activity.
Taking a stroll in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA
Morning – Find a park or outdoor space nearby offering sunrise Tai Chi.
Evening – The classic after dinner stroll is a perennial favorite. A nice way to wind down after the day, digest dinner, and enjoy the night air.
Anytime – Pull together your own action/adventure team, and as a united front take on various outdoor challenges and activities.
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No Matter how smart and evolved as a society we think we are, we will always look back and recognize the mistakes of the past.
Media seems omnipresent, and advertising is lodged into every nook and cranny of the day, softly and incessantly suggesting how we might want to feel, act, and be. There are few moments in the day to stop and listen to our own thoughts. It’s easy to disconnect from our own inherent knowledge, which is lifetimes more intelligent than the advertising or media of the day.
Being election day, it seems an appropriate time to remind ourselves we each have a unique intellect, different from everyone else. Take time to be still. Turn off CNN. Step away from the computer. Take a walk through the autumn air and discover where your mind takes you. Go with your gut.
Change is the one thing in human nature we can always rely on staying the same.
The site is the same, we are just evolving.
Themindbodymoderate.com ponders the balance of mental, physical, and spiritual health with a dash of skepticism and not necessarily random rants because come on – some days the best peace of mind is just getting the dishes done, the best workout is navigating the crowds at the store, and some days the best advice comes from your own gut.