The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

NY Times // February 21, 2013

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/the-benefits-of-exercising-outdoors/ 

"In a number of recent studies, volunteers have been asked to go for two walks for the same time or distance — one inside, usually on a treadmill or around a track, the other outdoors. In virtually all of the studies, the volunteers reported enjoying the outside activity more and, on subsequent psychological tests, scored significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue after they walked outside."

Strategies for Hot-Weather Exercise

NY Times // August 15, 2012

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/strategies-for-hot-weather-exercise/ 

"But if you enjoy exercising outside and you have access to chilled water throughout your workout, then “our data suggests that you can benefit from pouring it over your head, as well as from drinking it,” Dr. Judelson says."

Outdoor Exercise: Health Benefits Of Working Out Outside

Huffington Post // June 23, 2012

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/23/outdoor-exercise-health-benefits_n_1616467.html 

"The most recent study polled nearly 2,000 active participants in the 2008 Scottish Health Survey and found that outdoor physical activity had a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. The researchers, from Glasgow University, found that walking, running, biking and other outdoor activities through green space lowered stress, The Telegraph reported."