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Embrace fitness in a natural way

Just five minutes of exercise in a park, toiling in a backyard garden, or a stroll through a green space can, boost your mood.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 10, 2011 01:54 IST

Here's how to remain fit naturally:

1 Walk for good health:

Just five minutes of exercise in a park, toiling in a backyard garden, or a stroll through a green space can, boost your mood. Walking on grass helps cool down body’s temperature, lose weight, improve the body’s equilibrium and energy levels, and also reduces stress levels.



2 Go swimming:

Regular

swimming builds endurance and, muscle and cardiovascular strength. It can also serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts.



3 Run for health:

Studies prove that health benefits of running are tremendous. It lowers the risk of everything, from common cold to cancer. It helps in physical conditioning of heart and lungs, and ensures efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body.



4 Outdoors is better:

Exerc-ising in open air boosts your health and fitness more than any gym workout. Exercising outdoors aids mental and physical wellbeing. Taking the gym to the outdoors has many health benefits, for example, it helps you burn up to 30% more calories than what you would have if you were to exercise indoor.



5 Pedal up:

Riding a bicycle is an effective way to stay fit. It also helps keep the environment clean, as it does not add to the carbon emissions emitted by automobiles. This mode of conveyance can also be a low-cost option for employers. It reduces traffic congestion on the road and helps in faster manoeuvring, reducing travel time. The reduced carbon emissions maintain the air quality, lowering the chances of falling ill.



With inputs from Kamal Meattle, Paharpur Business Centre