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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, Many different aspects of exercise are thought to affect how much we like working out. But in general, most experts agree that a workout’s intensity and its duration have the greatest influence on our feelings about it.

In one study, walking had been “more pleasurable” than not walking, even though the walks’ duration had been long. And, walking outdoors was more enjoyable than on a treadmill. Many people these days take up high-intensity interval training report but often also say that the intensity is short but not fun for them. which, over the long term, could discourage them from continuing. Is a long gentler program like long distance walking more productive for fitness?

New York Times - June 28, 2017 -  GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

 

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