During Melbourne’s hard lockdown (when I was prevented from leaving the city limits), training outdoors was key to me maintaining physical and mental health. Training under my oak tree, and connecting with the family of owls’ that roosted near by, helped ground me and give me a sense of perspective. I became acutely aware that we are a part of something bigger, and that this pandemic will come and go, as Mother Nature has been present for many such encounters.
As I resumed face-to-face training in Fawkner Park this week, I was reminded by why I enjoy training outdoors. The 6am call of our local Kookaburra’s, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the pleasant morning breeze, helped me connect with my environment and ground me in the present. Indeed there is growing research as to the benefits of regular “nature bathing” In this previous article I unpack some of the research and rational behind the need for nature in maintain optimum health and wellbeing.
Of course there are other important benefits for training outdoors. With us still experiencing outbreaks of the virus, and the likelihood that this will continue throughout the year, maintaining physical distance and airflow are key. There are growing concerns of the infectious nature of new variants and how air born transmission is responsible for spreading the virus. This only reinforces my desire to train outdoors for the foreseeable future. This article in the wall street journal outlines the importance of airflow and physical activity.
At Vital Lifestyle the health & wellbeing of our community is paramount. Throughout this COVID normal year I will continue to provide training services outdoors or from the convenience of your home via Zoom :) J.
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