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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.


Via Peter Mellow
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That's a lot of exercise! 

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:52 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, 2014 9:13 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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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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Too much sunshine 'could lead to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes'

Too much sunshine 'could lead to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes' | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
University of Copenhagen study warns of connection between high levels of vitamin D and cardiovascular deaths
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Do you know your blood levels? Blood levels of between 50 and 100 are the healthiest, with 70 being recommended.

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Vondelpark Playscape, Aldo van Eyck and Carve, 1968 and 2010 - Playscapes

Vondelpark Playscape, Aldo van Eyck and Carve, 1968 and 2010 - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
I’m traveling again (microscopy and microanalysis conference) so slow posting but in my absence the blog has quietly ticked past one million page views.  Wow, thanks!  Especially since I don’t do anything to try to increase the views…I personally find those ‘read more’ buttons SO annoying. All celebrations here at playscapes involve Aldo van Eyck, - Read the rest...
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Why are our playgrounds so ugly? Why don't they look more like this beauty?

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ASTM declares grass unsafe for children? - Playscapes

ASTM declares grass unsafe for children? - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
If you’ve visited a playground recently and thought “Whatever happened to the grass?”, you can thank the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), for whom grass does not have appropriate “impact attenuation” to be a safe playground surface.
And the next playground installed in your community could be still more ugly, unnatural, and ridiculously expensive, thanks to the ASTM’s plans to further increase the impact standard for playground safety surfacing.  Doing so will
1) Increase the cost of protective surfacing under playground equipment
2) Reduce the height of already dumbed-down playground equipment
3) Require large-scale replacement of existing safety surfacing at playgrounds and
4) Further increase playground liability.
Few people who visit Playscapes to see images of great playground design are aware how much design choices, particularly in the US, are constrained–and made terribly expensive–by safety regulations.  Even fewer, I think, are aware of how those regulatory decisions can be influenced by people who may profit from them.  And this safety surfacing change is being pushed through by a “small group” within the ASTM committee.
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Ridiculous.

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7 Ways To Make Running Feel Less Terrible

You're not going to like me for saying this, but I am one of those (annoying) people who genuinely loves to run.



If you don't know me, you probably know someone like me. We smile on treadmills. We talk (ad nauseam) about our training. We skip ...
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Obviously, I didn't write this. ;) But the tips are good for everyone--for example, I'm adding intervals to my swim workouts.

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Photos: Springy Steps in Icy Gloom

Photos: Springy Steps in Icy Gloom | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
“Running out here is invigorating,” she said. “It makes me feel alive.”
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I agree... unless it's really icy, outdoors is the way to go all year round. Jus dress appropriately and feel the zing!
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Study: Hiking Makes You Happier

Study: Hiking Makes You Happier | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
British and American scientists have published new research showing that group nature walks help us combat stress while boosting mental well-being.
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So, what will be your outdoor hike this week?

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Design Matters (Outdoor Benches)

Design Matters (Outdoor Benches) | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it

This abandonment of centuries of experience, wisdom, and common sense, in favor of the whimsical shape making of one "difficult" designer, is exhausting and anxiety provoking, because it ignores fundamental human needs.

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Food for thought here--not all bench designs and materials are suitable for all locations. The stone bench, disparaged by the author, is much more suited for adding Nancercizes to the uses than is the traditional bench.

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The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A stroll pays off in immediate ways, a study found.
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Want to combat afternoon slumps and lack of focus at work? Here's your answer.

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Hit the weights, not the treadmill, to reduce belly fat

Hit the weights, not the treadmill, to reduce belly fat | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Weight training combined with aerobic exercise still the best option
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This is why I combine brisk walking and hill climbing with bodyweight exercises--walking isn't enough.
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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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Children need to play outdoors - even in the rain

Children need to play outdoors - even in the rain | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Invest in some warm and waterproof clothing and the children can play, exercise and have fun outdoors – even when it's cold and raining
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We seem to have forgotten this. Treat your kids at least as well as you treat your dog.

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Natural playgrounds in Berlin - Playscapes

Natural playgrounds in Berlin - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
I had the chance to visit Berlin this winter and is was a great lesson about playing with nature in the city. It feels that playgrounds are more seen like « freedom opportunities » than in France. I don’t know elsewhere, but here, you often feel that you’re meant to do such thing here and such thing - Read the rest...
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American parent: "Oh, but what if they get dirty?"

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Mixer - a common work of seniors and youth - Playscapes

Mixer - a common work of seniors and youth - Playscapes | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The playground is the result of the workshops, attended by seniors and young people in Biskupiec (Poland). Participants were asked to design and build play equipment in the local city park. In the first phase, participants performed the miniature installation of reed sticks and twine, using only a small knife. Secondly, participants build larger models with hazel stick - Read the rest...
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Seniors, mostly women, helped make this. Why not?

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Is the Cold Good for You? Es el frío realmente bueno para usted? | Manhattan Times News

Is the Cold Good for You? Es el frío realmente bueno para usted? | Manhattan Times News | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
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Some surprises, here. Even for me.

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Frozen Yoga? It’s Snowga

Frozen Yoga? It’s Snowga | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
The latest version is often a mash-up with sports like skiing and snowshoeing.
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Or, we could just do hour-long brisk walks and pause for vigorous poses every 10 minutes.

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Preserve your brain, live in a walkable neighborhood

Preserve your brain, live in a walkable neighborhood | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Walkable neighborhoods are great on many levels. The latest news is that they help to preserve your brain.
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Doesn't this make sense? The constant pleasant and varied stimulation keeps us engaged and on our toes mentally.

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Run Fast, Die Young?

Run Fast, Die Young? | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
A 12-year survey finds that those with strenuous workouts die at the same rate as couch potatoes.
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Light joggers fared the best, but I wish they had included brisk walkers too.

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BMC Public Health | Full text | A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments

BMC Public Health | Full text | A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Overall, the studies are suggestive that natural environments may have direct and positive impacts on well-being
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I posted this in a discussion on Linked In, and for some reason, one of the participants thinks I am "confusing" people by letting them know that outdoor exercise has extra benefits beyond indoor exercise! Are you confused?

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Mimicking Mother Nature

Mimicking Mother Nature | Outdoor Fitness | Scoop.it
Biomimicry uses the environment not as an exploitable resource, but as a source of innovation and inspiration.
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Another reason getting outdoors for your exercise is a good idea: nature gives us good ideas! Who knows what you'll think of out there?

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