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Walkonomics – How walkable is your street? – Blog » Why Walkability Isn’t Just About Proximity To Shops

Walkonomics – How walkable is your street? – Blog » Why Walkability Isn’t Just About Proximity To Shops | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

Via Jandira Feijó
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AND: Don't forget to place benches or other seating periodically so peple with limited abilities pause occasionally and therefore ultimately walk farther. 

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Loud Noise During Exercise

Loud Noise During Exercise | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Although a few studies have suggested that ''pleasant'' sound is less likely to cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) than noxious sounds, in general, noise hazard is primarily a function of level and duration.
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As I write in my book, "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench," it's usually quieter--and therefore healthier-- to exerciser in nature. 

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Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?

Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited.
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I wonder if offering things that don't "feel" like exercise would get the same results in humans, who are social, sensual animals? What if the activity offered other delights they found pleasurable--a walk in nature, dancing with a lover, and more?

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Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?

Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited.
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“People can decide to exercise,” whatever their inheritance, Dr. Booth said, and, as his study’s final experiment suggests, they could rewire their brains so that moving becomes a pleasure.


... And let's start with a pleasurable activity outdoors.

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How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight

How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

Healthy living isn't easy. For some, it comes naturally, but for those folks who are already overweight—large enough that it's difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do—it's even tougher to get started. Here are some tips to help.

 

Ever since I was a teenager I've struggled with my weight. Not necessarily from a health perspective—I've always been pretty healthy, but I've struggled because I want to look better, feel more energetic, and get all of those great benefits that fitness offers. However, when you're already overweight, a lot of the activities that other people just pick up without trying are either impossible or feel like death. High Intensity Interval Training? Hot yoga? Insanity? Crossfit? Even jogging? You've got to be kidding....


Via PAT NOVAK, Carlos Newsome, Luciana Viter, Peter Mellow
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This is an important article. Vigorous or intense exercise isn't for everyone.

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Médecin Sur Internet 's curator insight, February 20, 1:52 AM

#regime #sport #loveyourbody

Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 16, 4:21 PM

baby steps

Robin Thomas's curator insight, March 23, 3:46 PM

Great advice, Nancy. 

#healthyliving #weightloss #exercise 

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Stretch, Runners, Stretch Estírense corredores | Manhattan Times News

Stretch, Runners, Stretch Estírense corredores | Manhattan Times News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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Hey runners! Don't forget to set aside time to stretch. You'll be glad you did.

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Shape up Póngase en forma | Manhattan Times News

Shape up Póngase en forma | Manhattan Times News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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Here's a great way to get and stay motivated--become a fitness leader in your community or workplace.

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Breast cancer patient survival increased by vitamin D | Health, Medical, and Science Updates

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Here's another reason to get your exercise outdoors--your body makes vitamin D from sunlight.

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Children are suffering a severe deficit of play – Peter Gray – Aeon

Children are suffering a severe deficit of play – Peter Gray – Aeon | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never truly grow up
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We need to fix this NOW.

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17 Science-Backed Ways to Bust Out of A Workout Rut

17 Science-Backed Ways to Bust Out of A Workout Rut | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Are your normal gym sessions feeling stale? More bored than excited when it comes to working out? We've got 17 ways to keep exercise fun, fresh, and more effective than ever.
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My favorite way: 4. Get outside.
There’s plenty of reasons we call it the Great Outdoors: the fresh air, the scenery, and, of course, the fitness benefits. Exercising al fresco can boost our energy, make us feel more revitalized and positively engaged, and help us cut back on tension, anger, confusion, and depression. Pretty solid for breathing some life back into a tired workout routine [5]. And that’s not all. Past research shows just five minutes of sweating outside boosts both our mood and self-esteem[6]. Ditching the gym never felt so good.

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Stretch, Runners, Stretch Estírense corredores | Manhattan Times News

Stretch, Runners, Stretch Estírense corredores | Manhattan Times News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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Hey, winter runners! Don't forget to include some sttetches to your routine for a more balanced workout and a more balanced body.

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Sunshine May Benefit Blood Pressure

Sunshine May Benefit Blood Pressure | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Exposure to ultraviolet A in sunlight may be a factor in lowering blood pressure.
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Yes, my friends, another reason to exercise outdoors.

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Workout with a Park Bench | The Joyful Organizer®

Workout with a Park Bench | The Joyful Organizer® | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

Put Some Green Exercise in Your Life with Nancercize   Does your exercise routine need a lift? Got cabin fever? Try green exercise. 

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What  a great little article!

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Tough Sledding

Tough Sledding | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
New Yorkers take snowy rides on skateboards, lunch trays, sheet metal and more.
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 Snowday m,antra in NYC: ."We don't need no stinkin' sleds! " 

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Changing diets for changing metabolism — how to defy muscle loss

Changing diets for changing metabolism — how to defy muscle loss | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why the metabolism slows down after age 30? It's all in the muscle mass, and the way we eat controls the metabolism speed.
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Here's why walking or running is not enough. You need to add resistance exercise, such as bodyweight exercises, to maintain or build muscle to give your metabolism a fighting chance.

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Beaming Good Cheer to a Norwegian Town’s Dark Days

Beaming Good Cheer to a Norwegian Town’s Dark Days | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Three giant mirrors on a mountain reflect sunlight onto a small Norwegian town that gets very little of it in the winter. But not everyone is happy with the project.
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This is how much we crave and need and respond to sunlight:

"The town became more social. Leaving church on Sundays, people would linger in the square, talking, laughing and drinking in the sun, trying not to look up directly into the mountain mirrors. On a recent morning, Anette Oien had taken a seat on newly installed benches in the square, her eyes closed, her face turned up. She was waiting for her partner to run an errand, and sitting in the light seemed much nicer than sitting in a car. “It’s been a great contribution to life here,” she said.

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Top doctor backs 'garden gym' idea

Top doctor backs 'garden gym' idea | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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One of the UK's top doctors says an accumulating body of evidence supports a link between urban green space and benefits to human wellbeing.

Royal College of Physicians president Sir Richard Thompson said plants helped reduce stress, anger and depression.

He added the fourth biggest cause of death in the UK was a lack of activity, making it important to provide green spaces in which people could exercise.

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'Vigorous exercise' cuts flu risk

'Vigorous exercise' cuts flu risk | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

Doing at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise each week cuts the chance of developing flu, new data suggests.

 

Around 4,800 people took part in this year's online Flu Survey, run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

Moderate exercise did not appear to have a protective effect, the researchers said.


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That's a lot of exercise! 

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 17, 4:52 AM

I have heard too much exercise can lower yr immune system

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Absolutely On Point! Read more at http://rise4war.com

Barlay Industries, Andrew Barlay's curator insight, March 18, 6:13 AM

Regular exercise may not prove to prevent common sickness, but the feeling of accomplishment and wellbeing brings a state of mind that helps push through a potential sickness ultimately reducing recovery time.

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Drink up ¡A beber! | Manhattan Times News

Drink up ¡A beber! | Manhattan Times News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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 The best energizer there is--plain old water. Are you getting enough?

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"Urban Jungle Street View" Adds A Dose Of Wilderness To Your Big-City Address

"Urban Jungle Street View" Adds A Dose Of Wilderness To Your Big-City Address | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A Streetview hack makes your urban address suddenly very I Am Legend.
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Hmmm... I can't decide--is this super cool or just kinda stupid? If it stirs communities to join forces to create more parks and better streetscapes, then it's cool.

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Removing playground benches may get adults moving

Removing playground benches may get adults moving | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting adults to be more active on visits to children's playgrounds could be as simple as removing the temptation to sit, a small new study suggests.Inspired during his daily
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Instead of removing the benches, they could just teach the parents how to use them as free exercise equipment, no?

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Five Ways to Help Your Kids Love Fitness

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Love Fitness | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
As parents, we wear so many hats: nurse, chauffer, cook, maid…We often overlook a very important aspect of our children’s health: how much physical activity our kids are getting each day. Encouraging your kids to stay active can be a challenge when there are so many other things competing for time. The U.S Department of [...]
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I like the part about adults being role models.

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Is Exercise Like Medicine–or Candy? | Nancercize

Is Exercise Like Medicine–or Candy? | Nancercize | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Valentine's Day or everyday, you might have candy on your mind. But there are all kinds of candy. In my world, exercise makes us feel so good, and it's as much of a pleasure and reward as candy. Even better--it's a gift that goes on giving, even after you're done.
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I say: it's like candy! Lighten up, people!

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Building mentally healthy workplaces

Building mentally healthy workplaces | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The cost of employees calling in sick because of mental health problems is staggering. Absenteeism due to illness and disability costs the Canadian economy $16.6 billion a year in lost productivity, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
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What about all the research on the beneficial effects on mental and psychological health that accrue from  being exposed to nature? Not that it's the cure-all, but why are we ignoring a potential opportunity to make a difference through breaks for walks in a nearby park?

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18 Unbelievable Images of Snowflakes | Fstoppers

18 Unbelievable Images of Snowflakes | Fstoppers | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

RT @SeptemberMay: 18 Unbelievable Images of Snowflakes http://t.co/qxZno2do8j #photography RT @JohnDohMAM


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The next time you're out playing in the snow... squint harder!

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Lynn Bardowski's curator insight, December 3, 2013 7:49 PM
Beautiful photography! Makes me believe in small miracles.
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Being Active Because of Love or Hate? | Nancercize

Being Active Because of Love or Hate? | Nancercize | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King Which emotion do you most equate with physical activity—love or hate? Think about it.
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Robin Thomas's curator insight, January 20, 9:26 AM

I'll stick with love, too   :)