In recognition of National Park and Recreation Month and its 2014 theme “OUT is IN,” we have assembled some of IDEA’s top articles on outdoor exercise. Use the ideas presented here to get your clients exercising outdoors, to keep them safe while doing so and to spice up your outdoor programming.

Mother Nature’s Gym

Science is discovering that outdoor exercise can have both physical and mental benefits. Learn why you should expand your programming to include outdoor exercise and how to design an outdoor fitness session based on clients’ needs and preferences. Read more.

Nature’s “Green” Boosts Mood And Energy

If you are taking your clients outdoors to exercise, be sure to find an area full of lush green vegetation. Being exposed to the color green can enhance a workout session by boosting mood and energy levels. Read more.

Body-Mind Benefits Of “Green Exercise”

A growing body of research shows that interacting with nature can positively impact our health and well-being; relieve stress; and promote concentration and clear thinking. Find out why people enjoy being outside, so that you can be sure to incorporate these aspects into your sessions. Read more.

Exercising In The Heat

Harsh summer conditions can carry thermal and cardiovascular challenges that you and your clients need to be aware of. Learn how summer temperatures can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion and other complications. Also included are recommendations on how to help your clients prepare for the heat. Read more.

Take Your Training Outdoors

Since your clients probably spend very little time outdoors, taking their exercise into nature can give them a new challenge and revitalize their spirits. Learn how one company has taken this opportunity to boost their clientele and their business. Get the inside scoop on their programming and marketing efforts. Read more.

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