There's some surprising research that says outdoor exercise may be the best way to lose weight, feel pretty great, and even get smarter.
You'll Want to ExerciseYour 2013 get-fit plan got old faster than "Gangnam Style"? Breathe some fresh air into a tired routine (hey, the weather's on your side), and chances are, you won't blow off your next workout.
The Proof: You're 23 percent more likely to repeat an outdoor workout, or so an Ohio State University study suggests. A group of 20-something women compared doing the same workout (they were walkers) indoors versus out, and no-walls won because it felt more, wait for it, fun!
No More I-Can't-Sleep NightsChoose a sunrise workout and you could fall asleep when you want at night—up to an hour sooner.
The Proof: Natural a.m. light resets circadian rhythms, so it may be easier to nod off, say experts at the Lighting Research Center in Troy, New York. Avoid a sunset session; it can delay melatonin release, making it tougher.
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You: "Why is This so Easy?"Just seeing the color green while you move might make you feel superhuman.
The Proof: Cyclists rated a ride 10 percent easier with a green backdrop, likely due to its calming effect, finds a study in Environmental Science & Technology. Thank you, trees.
It's Like Prozac!Exit building, enter happy zone.
The Proof: After a measly five minutes of any outdoor exercise, you're happier and more confident, a University of Essex study finds. Best news: That lift can last all day.
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