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City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions

City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A new study finds that urban minds don't pay as much attention to their surroundings unless they're highly engaging.

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This helps explain why we are exhausted at the end of the day, and why a walk in the park is so refreshing. We need to make sure city folk have parks nearby.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 2, 2013 3:58 PM

It's often noted that people from smaller towns prefer a slower pace of life and people from large cities enjoy the hustle and bustle more.  So does the urban environment change how we handle the vast quantity of information in major metropolitan areas?  This article points to data that says it does.  


Tags: rural, housing, urban, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 cities.

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Nature Walks May Help Reduce Stress and Depression

Nature Walks May Help Reduce Stress and Depression | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Go get yourself some air, but bring a walking buddy.
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..."a useful reminder that how we plan our cities can have psychological consequences (when you live in megasprawl, it's not easy to get to nature), and that while severe depression or anxiety can't simply be walked away, there are basic everyday things that most people can do to feel a little bit happier.

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How Many Steps A Day Should You Really Walk?

How Many Steps A Day Should You Really Walk? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The 10,000-steps-a-day recommendation has nothing to do with sedentary, fast-food-drenched circa-2015 America. Rather, the recommendation first popped up in a very different food and environment: 1960s Japan.
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What does "$20M in playground injuries" really mean? - Playscapes

What does "$20M in playground injuries" really mean? - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Paige’s Note:  One of the problems in discussions of playground safety and risk is the poor quality of playground injury statistics.  The word “injury” can cover many things, from minor cuts and scrapes to broken limbs.  This makes the number *appear* high, an easy shrill headline for media outlets who have little interest in actually - Read the rest...
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This is encouraging; many injuries are due to poor maintenance, not design problems. We just need to fix those cracks!

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Gardening's Surprising Health Benefits - Next Avenue

Gardening's Surprising Health Benefits  - Next Avenue | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Gardening, the perennially favorite American pastime, also offers surprising health benefits, ranging from reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes to a better sex life
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Birds do it, bees do it .....

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Exercise: Even When Cheap, It's Still Priceless - Next Avenue

Exercise: Even When Cheap, It's Still Priceless - Next Avenue | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
You don't need to spend a fortune to be physically active. You can be active in many ways without spending any money.
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Actually, you don't even need green sneakers.

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Vacationers Stay Fit (and Out of the Gym)

Vacationers Stay Fit (and Out of the Gym) | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Hotels are offering more compelling workout programs than the usual treadmill.
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Finally, we get outdoor fitness when we travel.

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HerbaZest's curator insight, May 26, 11:43 AM

Great news!

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Traditional Daishan Swings, Nepal - Playscapes

Traditional Daishan Swings, Nepal - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Tradition says that it will make you forget your troubles, and may even take you to heaven.  
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May you forget your troubles.

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Return to Nature for Spiritual Restoration

Return to Nature for Spiritual Restoration | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

Spending time in the natural world recharges us on a primal level, and you don't have to take a special trip to return to nature. Parks, green spaces and even vacant lots are all sources of direct contact with the earth.

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I always feel better after walk and a stretch in nature, don't you?

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Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks

Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Which active desk designs are best for your body and mind? Read on.
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Right now--stand up! Rinse, repeat.

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The Early-Morning Workout Flash Mob

The Early-Morning Workout Flash Mob | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The November Project, which began in Boston in 2011, has spread to 19 cities in the United States and Canada.
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My kind of workout! 

Mr. Leak and Mr. Honerkamp, 39, are the New York leaders of an early-morning workout flash mob known as the November Project, which began in Boston in 2011 and has since spread to 19 cities in the United States and Canada. It’s a point of pride that the group — not quite running club, not quite boot camp — defies categorization. It blends the intensity of CrossFit, the cultishness of SoulCycle and the weather agnosticism of a Polar Bear swim with the high jinks of an obstacle course and the camaraderie and accountability of a sports team.

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China Seeks to Impose Its Own Routine on Public Dancing

China Seeks to Impose Its Own Routine on Public Dancing | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The phenomenon can be found across China, but the dancing has also provoked a backlash, with neighbors complaining in particular about the noise.
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Dancing outdoors is a great way to b active.  But we do need to be considerate of others..

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How to Get Your Spouse to Exercise

How to Get Your Spouse to Exercise | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The longest-lived groups of humans are not those who exercise regularly but rather, typically, those who like Sardinian shepherds, and Okinawan and Icarian gardeners, have continued, until they've dropped, to work outside at their own pace with animals and plants in the fresh air and the sun, in the wind and in the rain.
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C'mon, honey, let's take a walk in the park together.

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Five ways to exercise with your children

Five ways to exercise with your children | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The key to exercising with kids is to make it fun and part of their daily lives. Here are five ways to boost fitness without them realising
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Walk Like a Happy Person, Be a Happier Person

Walk Like a Happy Person, Be a Happier Person | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Changing your gait can change your mood.
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Whistle a happy tune turns out to be good advice!

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Science to Parents: Let Your Kids Run a Little Wild

Science to Parents: Let Your Kids Run a Little Wild | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A new literature review suggests that unsupervised play fosters resilient kids.
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The science is piling up--we're harming our kids by being overprotective. Let them get dirty and a little scratched already! 

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The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things

The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Planning a vacation this summer? You've chosen to spend your money in the way that's going to give you the most happiness.
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And an outdoor experience can give us the most pleasure and reward of all.

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Changing Seasons, Changing Workouts - Next Avenue

Changing Seasons, Changing Workouts - Next Avenue | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
When the weather changes, there's no need to stop your exercise program. Tailor your routine to the weather and stay in shape all year.
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But remember, you can still be active outdoors even in cold or hot weather, if you know how to work around that.

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Go Play Outside! - Next Avenue

Go Play Outside! - Next Avenue | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Spring has sprung and science says you should get out of doors now to improve your health.
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Can we say this too often?

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What Do Seniors Need in Parks?

What Do Seniors Need in Parks? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The senior population is growing. By 2050, a third of the U.S. will be 65 and older. The World Health Organization, AARP, and other organizations have called for more age-friendly communities, with...
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Intergenerational, for sure. 

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Spaghetti Playgrounds! - Playscapes

Spaghetti Playgrounds! - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Okay, so the architects who designed this beauty in Hamakita, Japan–the firm Suppose Design Co–call it “Forest Loops”, not spaghetti.  Regardless, I love their addition of nets at the base to make what would in any case be a very ‘play-ful‘ design truly ‘play-able’; a technique that would suit many types of installations.   The looping - Read the rest...
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Rather a bit of fun, don't you think?

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Yoga Helps Older Adults Battle Depression and Anxiety

Yoga Helps Older Adults Battle Depression and Anxiety | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

ndFor many older adults, the thought of stepping into a yoga class swarming with yogis more flexible than Gumby might provoke anxiety. But the practice itself may be just the antidote the over-60 set needs, suggests a recent review of studies about relaxation exercises. Those who did yoga and other calming activities saw greater reductions in their anxiety and depression than people who didn’t.


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And, when you do yoga outdoors, you get the added relaxation and mental refreshment from being in nature. 

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Linda Caldwell's curator insight, April 28, 11:31 AM

Interesting article.  Always believed Yoga makes a difference at any age.

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How Feelings of Awe Lower Inflammation

How Feelings of Awe Lower Inflammation | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A new study shows how art, nature and spirituality may prevent disease.
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Here's another great reason to spend more time in the awesomeness of nature.

 

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Finding Healing from Dementia Outdoors

Finding Healing from Dementia Outdoors | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Being outdoors is an instinctual need, which is why it's important that those suffering from dementia aren't solely confined to the indoors.
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Everyone feels better if they have the outdoors in their life. Why are we depriving seniors with Alzheimer's rom this healthy pleasure?

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Happy Birthday Aldo! Happy Birthday blog! - Playscapes

Happy Birthday Aldo! Happy Birthday blog! - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
I called the blog ‘Playscapes’ because I wanted playgrounds to be seen as fully designed landscapes for play.   Seven years ago, people often asked me what that meant.  Now, the word itself has come into wide use to simply signify a place for play that is somehow different that the equipment-based construction conjured up by the traditional word ‘playground’.  A ‘playscape’ may mean a natural space, or a avant-garde one, and could be indoors or out, but it is always a *place* that is thoughtfully, intentionally, and fully designed, not a collection of expensive equipment thoughtless plopped into the ground (which is now covered in safety surfacing).
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I love this concept. Conventional playgrounds are places I wouldn't want to play in, if I were a kid today.

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Exercise better, feel better by getting outside

Our research, which brings together data from a wide variety of sources, adds significant weight to the case for spending more time in the natural environment as members of the public and their clinicians fight to counteract the negative outcomes of modern living, such as obesity and depression.”
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So simple. Let's do it.

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