HEALTH & FITNESS A TO Z Exercising In The Outdoors: A Win-Win For Communities and Individuals by Andrew W. Bailey, Ph.D.; Garner Cox, B.S.; and Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM INTRODUCTION Routine physical activity (PA) is imperative to maintain or improve long-term physical and mental health, and there is emerging evidence that PA in outdoor environments can further enhance these benefits. However, lifestyle trends demonstrate a decrease in PA and in time spent outdoors for all Americans (1,2). Although traditional exercise prescriptions indicate fre- quency, intensity, duration, and time, there has been no emphasis on place, or where to exercise within an exercise prescription. However, this is slowly changing, as seen with projects such as the “nature pyramid” (3), indicating that doses of nature are vital to overall health. Because of the emerging evidence of outdoor exercise bene- fits, communities are beginning to dedicate resources to outdoor PA spaces. These spaces are being designed to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities to promote active and healthy life- Paddle boarding, for example, has increased in participation by styles, all while being in the outdoors. 18% over the last 3 years alone. In a study of 24,134 Americans, aspirational
ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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