Hey Juicers! Spring has finally sprung and a great way to celebrate the season is by getting out of the gym and into nature!
"Spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans (short and long term), boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love (whereas urban environments do the same for fear and anxiety)." Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Plus, you'll not only boost your calorie burn, you'll hit muscles you won't reach with gym machines.
Here are a few of our favourite outdoor exercises!
Park Bench Push-Up Trio
Targets chest and shoulders
First, put your feet on the park bench and your hands on the ground, belly down. Do 10 push-ups this way. Then switch and put your feet on the ground and your arms on the bench. Do 10 more this way. End with 10 regular push-ups completely on the ground.
Targets triceps, shoulders, core
Sit on a bench and place your hands on either side of your hips. Slide your butt forward, supporting yourself with your hands. Bend elbows, bringing upper arms almost parallel to ground, then return to starting position. Keep lower back close to the bench throughout the exercise. Complete 12 to 15 reps.
Park Bench Step-Ups
Targets abs and arms
Keeping your right foot on a bench, step up and down with your left foot, bringing your leg to your chest. Then keep your left foot on the bench, and do the same with the right foot to complete the set. Repeat 20 times.
Targets Calves, Quads, Core
Find a curb or fallen tree with a smooth surface that is at least 6 feet long. Raise arms out to sides and walk across the "tightrope" until you reach the end (or go at least 6 feet). Turn on the balls of your feet; walk in the opposite direction. Continue for 3 minutes.
In today’s age of high technology, research shows that our hunger for the natural world still endures. In fact, our connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being.