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American Public Health Association - Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure

American Public Health Association - Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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 "The United States has much higher fatality and serious injury rates per kilometer cycled than comparable high-income countries. Controlling for exposure levels, cyclist fatalities in 2010 per 100 million kilometers cycled were 4.7 in the United States versus 1.0 in the Netherlands, 1.1 in Denmark, and 1.3 in Germany. Serious injury rates in 2010 were also much higher in the United States: 207 serious injuries per 100 million kilometers cycled versus 44 in Germany." ~ From American Journal of Public Health
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The Guide to National Parks Without a Car | offMetro World

The Guide to National Parks Without a Car | offMetro World | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Discover how to get to National Parks without a car. From Arches to Yosemite to Acadia, this comprehensive car-free guide will inspire your next adventure!
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Now we can get there greener. We don't need no stinkin' car!
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Exercise improves memory in breast cancer survivors

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This study explains how exercise could reduce the stress that might be underlying memory problems in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Maybe we finally have an answer to this debilitating experience.
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The Scientific 7-Minute Workout - MotleyHealth®

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout - MotleyHealth® | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The 7 minute workout is a simple circuit training workout which consists of 12 bodyweight exercises - the only equipment required is a chair.
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Swap out a park bench for the chair and you've got a basic Nancercize class.
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A new formula for exercise? Study suggests 1 hour of activity per 8 hours of sitting

A new formula for exercise? Study suggests 1 hour of activity per 8 hours of sitting | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The study, published in The Lancet, involved an analysis of health and activity data for 1 million people.
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So if you sit at work or anywhere watching a screen or reading.... each 8 hours of that requires an hour of moderate exercise. the current 150 minutes a week recommendation doesn't come close to that!
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101 ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming.

101 ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming. | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
21. Go outside and be in the sunshine.
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"21. Go outside and be in the sunshine."
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Why Outdoors?

Why Outdoors? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
It's abundantly clear a strong connection to the outside world provides positive outcomes for our physiological, emotional, and physical well-being.
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Nothing beats being active outdoors with friends!
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The Big Question: Can We Stay Young Forever? - Next Avenue

The Big Question: Can We Stay Young Forever? - Next Avenue | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Can we stay young forever? Veteran journalist Bill Gifford takes a stab at the question in his funny, fascinating book on the science of aging: 'Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying).'
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"Our bodies respond to activity in amazing ways. In fact, they’ve found that exercise actually stops or reverses aging on the level of gene expression; in other words, which genes are switched on and off. When we exercise, our gene expression profile starts to look younger."
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The Hills in the Harbor: A Sneak Peek at Governors Island's Hills

The Hills in the Harbor: A Sneak Peek at Governors Island's Hills | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Take a sneak peak at Governors Island's newest attraction: three man-made hills that allow visitors to climb 70 feet above the New York Harbor for some of the most jaw-dropping views around.
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This looks like much more fun than treadmills or stairmasters.... you climb the hill and get rewarded with a view and a slide down, Sign me up for ten reps at least.
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Running on Vacation

Running on Vacation | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Running while traveling can be a challenge, but one experienced road warrior has some tips to make it easier.
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Whether you walk or run, getting outdoors when traveling is a great way to get to know a place.
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The Importance of Losing Yourself to Awe Once in a While

The Importance of Losing Yourself to Awe Once in a While | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
“When the constant buzzing of ‘me, me, me’ recedes, we might become sensitive to loftier principles.”
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Do you feel awe outdoors, in nature? Make awe part of your workout.
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Healing From War Trauma Through Nature

Healing From War Trauma Through Nature | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
How some veterans with war trauma are turning to farming and animals to recover and reintegrate themselves into civilian life.
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Outdoor activity can have extra benefits.

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China Puts a Hitch in the Step of ‘Dancing Grannies’

China Puts a Hitch in the Step of ‘Dancing Grannies’ | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The Chinese government has issued rules that aim to regulate the ad hoc public dancing that has become popular in recent years.
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Not sure if this is a good thing? 
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More Mental and Physical Benefits from Outdoor Exercise

More Mental and Physical Benefits from Outdoor Exercise | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A systematic review has analysed existing studies and concluded that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from taking exercise in a natural environment.
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Surprise!
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How Not to Gain Weight on Vacation

How Not to Gain Weight on Vacation | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Gaining a few pounds on a vacation is not inevitable. Here’s how to come back in shape (walking helps).
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This talks about walking as a key strategy.
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How Exercise Can Help Us Learn

How Exercise Can Help Us Learn | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle? Two new studies helpfully tackle those questions.

Via Peter Mellow
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Metal benches and metal picnic tables now used as exercise equipment

Metal benches and metal picnic tables now used as exercise equipment | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
There are several videos and articles about how to use common park furniture such as metal benches or metal picnic tables to get a diverse workout.
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And remember the classic video that started the craze: "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench." www.nancercize.net.
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Outdoor Functions Can Improve Family Bonding | Psych Central News

Outdoor Functions Can Improve Family Bonding | Psych Central News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

New research suggests that families who regularly get outside together tend to function better. 

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" in addition to nature’s ability to restore attention, which in turn helps family members get along better, the researchers see how important it is for families to have nature-based routines or rituals that they participate in regularly."
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​​​​​​​Why Some People Find Crowded Cities Relaxing—And Others Don’t

​​​​​​​Why Some People Find Crowded Cities Relaxing—And Others Don’t | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Not everyone is invigorated by fleeing bustling sidewalks.
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Hard to believe, right?
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Using the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging

Using the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Music, dance, poetry, painting and other arts are pumping new life into older minds and bodies.
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Add outdoors to the mix and you've really got something.
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Health benefits of city cycling outweigh pollution-inhalation risks

Health benefits of city cycling outweigh pollution-inhalation risks | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Yet another study finds that the health benefits of cycling – and walking – outweigh risks from inhaling pollution.
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Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Silence may allow your brain to rejuvenate leaving you feeling a new freedom
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It makes sense: Take a  walk in the quiet of nature and give your brain a break.
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Watch "Street Trees | Victor Dover | TEDxCoralGables" Video at TEDxTalks

Watch "Street Trees | Victor Dover | TEDxCoralGables" Video at TEDxTalks | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
In this talk, urban planner Victor Dover outlines the importance of "street trees". Dover encourages the lining of streets with greenery as a way of brightening the environment and providing...
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This Amazing Street Art Appears Only When It's Raining

This Amazing Street Art Appears Only When It's Raining | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
It's in Seattle, so you might never even know that it disappears.
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Click through to see the hopscotch that magically appears when it rains! What else can we think of to make rainy day activities more enticing?

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