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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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Why sprinters are muscly and climbers are wiry

Why sprinters are muscly and climbers are wiry | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
In road cycling, the best climbers tend to have a lower body mass index than the best sprinters. Why is this?

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FunMeFit's curator insight, July 19, 10:08 AM

Look at those thighs! Didn't know there was such a difference between sprinter cyclists and climber cyclists but the TDF has really opened my eyes! 

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Green Gym Day 2014: A Day of Discovery | Nancercize

Green Gym Day 2014: A Day of Discovery | Nancercize | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
What wonderful thing have you discovered lately? If you had come with us on the second annual Green Gym Day, you would have discovered a lot. A secret forest in northern Manhattan, above Harlem; a peaceful cove with a floating Victorian-style boathouse; columns from medieval European cloisters; the largest heath and heather garden on the East Coast; a 200-foot stone tower – and ethereal outdoor art. You would have hiked through and between five of the most gorgeous parks in the city, with the most spectacular views of the Hudson and East Rivers. You would have danced and stretched during the breaks in each park. And you would have eaten free mulberries from a tree.
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Let's have more Green Gym Days--how about every weekend?

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A third of Alzheimer's 'preventable'

A third of Alzheimer's 'preventable' | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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One of the main risk factors is exercise... what are we waiting for?

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Fitness on the go

Fitness on the go | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Incorporate your fitness regimen into summer travel so you don’t miss a beat.
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Some great tips here, including a "pushup trio" using a park bench. There's lots more you can do using a park bench--like 100 more exercises. "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench."  www.nancercize.net

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Sitting down on the job is slowly killing you

Sitting down on the job is slowly killing you | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Don't take obesity sitting down. Stand up for yourself and make a change.
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This, from Australia, where they live a rather outdoorsy life compared to the US. Still, they have a sitting problem. Includes some good tips, though, for addressing too much sitting at work.

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Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. 
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Set them free!

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This Graphic Explains All the Health Hazards of Sitting for Too Long

This Graphic Explains All the Health Hazards of Sitting for Too Long | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

why I'm inviting you our for a walk in the park?By now, you already know that prolonged sitting is bad for your body. But what exactly goes on when you sit for hours every day? This graphic from the Washington Post explains.


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Now do you understand why I'm always inviting you out for a little walk in the park?

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, June 27, 10:45 AM

There are many hazards when working in an office environment besides sitting too long. These include poor lighting, poor layout of furniture and poor housekeeping. More can be read here:

https://www.ohs.unsw.edu.au/officesafety/office_hazards.html

 

Ellen Diane's curator insight, June 28, 7:24 AM

headaches- neck&shoulder aches- eye strain--0

UCanRow2's curator insight, July 24, 7:45 AM

Stand-up desks are where it's at! 

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Central Park Lockers for Runners - Gear Patrol

Central Park Lockers for Runners - Gear Patrol | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
In New York, a street vendor sells storage to runners and cyclists while they exercise.

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Brilliant entrepreneur!
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Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, June 28, 12:33 PM
Great idea for runners and cyclists
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Working Out Isn't Enough: Advice for Desk Workers

Working Out Isn't Enough: Advice for Desk Workers | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
You might exercise every day, but if you work long hours at a desk you have a lot of sitting to undo. Here's how to overcome this common challenge.
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It's really simple: every hour, get up, walk around, do a stretch or push up or plank or two. Drink a glass of water standing up. Rinse. Repeat.

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How to Give ‘Skipping Town’ a Whole New Meaning

How to Give ‘Skipping Town’ a Whole New Meaning | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A romp through Midtown Manhattan with a skipping club comes with a built-in workout.
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Skipping is definitely underrated! And, age is not an issue--in my first outdoor program ever, we all skipped at times, even the seniors--and couldn't help but giggle.

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Can Everyday Bicycling Make You Happier?

Can Everyday Bicycling Make You Happier? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Everyday cycling improves more than physical fitness – it also aids mental wellness!
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Healthier heart, stronger body...yadda yadda.  Outdoor exercise including bike riding just makes me happy.

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The Park for Playing and Thinking, Contrafile and Basurama, Sao Paulo Brasil - Playscapes

The Park for Playing and Thinking, Contrafile and Basurama, Sao Paulo Brasil - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The ever-playful Basurama (whose Ghost Train Park in Lima has been previously featured on the blog) collaborated with Brazilian collective Contrafilé and other partners to create a park in which to both play AND think in a Sao Paulo favela.  The community, and especially its children, were deeply engaged in both planning and construction. They - Read the rest...
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Does your playground encouraging thinking? Does it encourage interaction among generations? 

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Giant Swing Among Sculptures Installed in Riverside Park - Upper West Side - DNAinfo.com New York

Giant Swing Among Sculptures Installed in Riverside Park  - Upper West Side - DNAinfo.com New York | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The pieces were made by artists from the Art Students League of New York.
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Ok, pretty cool. But doesn't two ropes and a board accomplish the same thing? 

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The Overprotected Kid

The Overprotected Kid | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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"“The advent of all these special surfaces for playgrounds has contributed very little, if anything at all, to the safety of children,” he told me. Ball has found some evidence that long-bone injuries, which are far more common than head injuries, are actually increasing. The best theory for that is “risk compensation”—kids don’t worry as much about falling on rubber, so they’re not as careful, and end up hurting themselves more often. The problem, says Ball, is that “we have come to think of accidents as preventable and not a natural part of life.”"

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The science of happiness explained in one infographic

Happiness is a difficult thing to measure due to its subjective nature, but scientists have been trying nonetheless. Here is a compilation of some of the most interesting findings they've gathered so far packed into one big infographic.
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See how being outdoors and exercising make you happier!

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Secret Garden Playscape, Olson Kundig and Do-Ho Suh, Uijeongbu, South Korea, 2012 - Playscapes

Secret Garden Playscape, Olson Kundig and Do-Ho Suh, Uijeongbu, South Korea, 2012 - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The rise of the suburban shopping mall seems to have doomed the department store rooftop playground in the United States but it lives on in Asia, where  Alan Maskin of Olson Kundig Architects and Korean artist Do-Ho Suh have created a  something more that just a children’s play space; a ‘secret park’ on the rooftop of the Shinsegae store in - Read the rest...
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Looking to Asia for cool ideas about outdoor play in the city. Magic Garden rooftop, anyone?

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Tips for running with dogs

Tips for running with dogs | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
To maximize health, safety and fun, dog trainer Jill Freifeld of Happy Hound Pet Care in Silver Spring offers these suggestions: ●Have your dog checked by your veterinarian to be sure it’s fit and he...

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The Most And Least Walkable Cities In The U.S.

The Most And Least Walkable Cities In The U.S. | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
One of the biggest surprises: there are cities that are more walkable than New York.
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They're kidding, right? There's no way NYC isn't # 1.

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Report Assails Parks Dept. Over Slowness in Finishing Projects

Report Assails Parks Dept. Over Slowness in Finishing Projects | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Three years after approval and financing, a Brooklyn dog run has still not been rehabilitated, just one example of parks department bureaucracy in its capital program.
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The study... revealed that in many instances, the other agencies delivered projects faster and cheaper than the parks department...  “The level of bureaucracy in the parks department causes headaches for contractors. The capital process needs an overhaul.” Ya think?

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Broken Windows, Broken Parks

Broken Windows, Broken Parks | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
While neighbors are pushing to improve the quality of their lives by calling attention to misbehavior and littering in public parks, police enforcement doesn’t seem to be a priority.
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And, really: neighborhood volunteers are supposed to clean up the  people's garbage? i don't think so.

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The Lost Art of Doing Nothing

The Lost Art of Doing Nothing | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
What are we missing out on when we use our smart phones to pass idle time?
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This is about how often doing "nothing" is when we get our innovative ideas. Outdoor exercise allows for moments of doing nothing—the nature scenes just capture you and transport you.

 

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The Ultimate Playground Workout - US News

The Ultimate Playground Workout - US News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Moms and dads, get moving with your kids.
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Yeah! I love that this approach is getting attention and recognition. For more ideas, see the free video "Nancercize" 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench" www.nancercize.net.

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15 fantastic U.S. bike trails

15 fantastic U.S. bike trails | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
This selection of wonderful rides will help you happen upon the trail of your dreams.
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One of my favorite parks, and featured on Green Gym Day: 

High Bridge Park Trail, N.Y.

Situated in Washington Heights just north of the George Washington Bridge, although this path is part of an urban landscape it presents a challenging terrain that should only be attempted by experienced bikers. Chris Wogas, president of Bike and Roll NYC, describes the trail as somewhat mountainous. According to NYC Bike Maps the entire course spans over about 3 miles and includes a few areas suitable for beginner and intermediate bike riders plus a freeride trail and a mid-level dirt jump park featuring a pump track.

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Let Your Spirit Soar with Outdoor Yoga | Nancercize

Let Your Spirit Soar with Outdoor Yoga | Nancercize | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Any form of activity gains something from the natural environment. In this guest post, yoga instructor Shawna Emerick, one of the yoga teachers in the summertime yoga program I coordinate, writes beautifully and eloquently about what doing yoga in nature means to her. Community grows from this place. From the communion with nature, to the communion with friends, old and new, we share in the practice of union(yoga) together. We come to see that we share so much more than just flesh and bones, breath and movement; we share in feeling. Do you agree?
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Take your yoga outside and let me know how it feels!

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Boulders done right in natural playgrounds by Kukuk - Playscapes

Boulders done right in natural playgrounds by Kukuk - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

As I’ve said before, merely including rocks and stumps doesn’t make for a great design.  So learn from Kukuk’s more thoughtful use of stone on the playground.  The main point is that the boulders are full participants in the play…integrated with all the other elements of climbers, sand, water, walls…so that the child is constantly moving up and over and down and around, even on their way to something else.    In Kukuk’s work, boulders aren’t detached blobs scattered loosely around the space.  They’re physically attached…as part of a timber climber or a seat or a challenging entry to a playhouse or a sand surround or a bridge or a watercourse.

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There's an art to playground design, even when you use natural materials.

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