“Outdoor physical activity is great for your heart and mind,” says Zafarullah Muhammad, MD, Internal Medicine staff physician at Henry Ford Medical Center – Columbus in Novi. “You may even feel the difference being outdoors versus indoors when you are active. Being in the fresh air opens up the possibility for different types of exercise.”
Some research even suggests exercising in green spaces has health benefits you won’t find in a “concrete” environment — such as improved heart rate and blood pressure and decreased levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
“If you are new to exercise, it’s okay to start slow,” Dr. Muhammad advises. “Starting off a new routine can be as simple as a quick walk outside with your family or dog. Aim for 30 minutes a day, but if that’s not a possibility, try for five days a week.
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