Jogging in park better than
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London, Aug (IANS) Jogging in the park boosts
energy and improves mood more than going to the gym.
A walk in the great outdoors is better for body and mind than pounding the
treadmill, according to research.
And those who burn off calories by jogging in the park or hiking on the moors
feel happier than those who break a sweat in the gym. They also have more energy
and may even find it easier to concentrate at work, reports the Daily Mail.
Exercising outdoors is better at cutting anger, fatigue and sadness than
exercising indoors, says the journal BMC Public Health.
And saving money on gym membership fees could also give many a reason to smile.
The findings come from a review of 25 studies comparing the benefits of exercise
in natural environments, such as parks, forests and university campuses, with
“synthetic” ones, including gyms and leisure centres.
Those who chose an open-air workout also felt more energetic, and often found it
easier to concentrate. However, there was no firm evidence that exercising
outdoors is better for blood pressure or the immune system.
And not all “natural” environments are created equal - with those who did
physical activity in parks and other green spaces benefiting more than others
who pounded pavements.
Researchers from the University of Bangor in Britain said this systematic review
contributes a rigorous and objective synthesis of the evidence for added
benefits to health from activities in a natural environment.