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What are the advantages of exercising outdoors?

Outdoor, or "green," exercise has appealing advantages: It's often cheaper and easier than a gym or fitness club, usually provides a better visual and sensory experience than being inside and may be more easily adapted to your changing interests and needs. What's more, exercising in a natural environment—rather than indoors on a treadmill—produces higher levels of positive emotions, with less tension and stress, and encourages you to exercise longer.

Outdoor classes have sprung up around the United States, bridging the gap between gyms and green exercise. Fresh-air exercise sessions use body weight, resistance tubes and exercise balls to work out in public places such as parks, playgrounds and trails.

A daily dose of nature, gained in as little as a 10-minute walk, is important for the health of adults and children alike. 

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