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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.

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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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Moving at the MuseumMoverse en el museo | Manhattan Times News

Moving at the MuseumMoverse en el museo | Manhattan Times News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
You might not equate museums with physical activity, but the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) is making moves to change that.
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The art of running? You betcha! 

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Germany Opens 62-Mile Bicycle Highway That's Completely Car-Free

Germany Opens 62-Mile Bicycle Highway That's Completely Car-Free | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
It's every cyclist's dream. Germany has opened the first three-mile stretch of a bicycle highway that will eventually span over 62 miles, connecting 10 western…
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62 miles with no cars!!! Heaven.

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Beautiful, Stripped Down Suburban Homes

Beautiful, Stripped Down Suburban Homes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Australian architects make an intriguing discovery when they peel back the layers of a McMansion.
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Wouldn't these verandas (porches) make great outdoor gyms? Protected from sun and rain, but open to fresh air and views of nature!

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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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German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Peter Wohlleben, a career ranger, has topped best-seller lists with “The Hidden Life of Trees,” describing trees as social beings that communicate on the “Wood Wide Web.”
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There are so many dimensions to taking your active life outdoors.

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Should You Let Your Kids Run Wild?

Should You Let Your Kids Run Wild? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
“We have a deep longing for nature; it’s in our genes.” E.O. Wilson called this primal urge “biophilia.” “You can see it in children so clearly,” Buzzell says. “Their need to be outside is not just a thrill, it’s a physical and emotional need. We’ve just forgotten it.”
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Got ten minutes? --That's all it takes to feel the effects of nature.

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