Go get yourself some air, but bring a walking buddy.
..."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.
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.
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...
This is encouraging; many injuries are due to poor maintenance, not design problems. We just need to fix those cracks!
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.
I always feel better after walk and a stretch in nature, don't you?
The November Project, which began in Boston in 2011, has spread to 19 cities in the United States and Canada.
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.
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.
C'mon, honey, let's take a walk in the park together.
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...
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.
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).
I love this concept. Conventional playgrounds are places I wouldn't want to play in, if I were a kid today.
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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