2. Energizes the Body
If nature reduces our stress, then it also can help to energize the body. Being outdoors often naturally prompts us to take action to combat mental and emotional strain and its effects. Walking, jogging or bicycling, for example, don’t only keep us physically fit, but exercise in general can boost our energy levels.
What’s beneficial about moving around in nature as opposed to indoors? Nature provides a natural mood boost. Taking in some vitamin D from the sun is good for energy levels, not to mention the immune system and a whole host of other important physical functions.
Additionally, according to findings from a small body of research, exercising outdoors make actually make workouts easier. A study conducted by the University of Essex in England, attested to the positive effects of the color green on exercising. Ratings of perceived exertion and mood disturbance were lower when subjects viewed a green filtered version of a video while cycling as compared to red and gray filters. Other studies have shown that exercising in natural environments can lead to greater feelings of revitalization compared to exercising indoors.