Archive for November 4th, 2011

Health Benefits of the Outdoors

Friday, November 4th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Now that we’re getting a break in the weather, it’s time to get outdoors again.

Did you know we have more than a million acres of public parks and outdoor spaces in Texas? The opportunities to get outside are many, as are health benefits when Nature is your personal trainer.

Adults need at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity, and children, a full hour. Benefits of regular exercise include better overall physical health, as well as improved mental health. Do something for yourself, and peace of mind, by getting active outdoors—the trails are waiting!

Local and state parks offer something from everyone: from hike and bike trails, to golfing, rock climbing, paddling, and geocaching. You can even volunteer to repair trails or lead site tours. The opportunity for outdoor play is limited only by your imagination!

Being outside means breathing fresh air… and the varying terrain offers a workout challenge you just can’t get from a treadmill at home.

Side stepping puddles, leaping up rocks, and climbing up and down hills helps improve your balance and stability…and gets your heart rate up. The outdoor alternative is also more affordable than the gym, as state parks offer low-cost admission. So go on, and get out: life’s better outside.

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That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.