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LoveYourBrain Tip: Workout Outside With Friends!

WORKOUT OUTSIDE WITH FRIENDS!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 5.26.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, M.S.

This last weekend, some amazing members of the LoveYourBrain family ran in the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT (Well done, Brainfarmers!) The race was a culmination of the 5-day LoveYourBrain Camp, during which participants socialized, enjoyed the outdoors, and exercised together.

This got us thinking... what are the brain benefits of working out in the great outdoors with friends?

  • Exercising outdoors can help you keep up a good workout routine and increase your activity level overall, even outside of the structured outdoor workouts, according to a 2014 study.
  • When you workout outside, you actually work harder and push your body further, but it feels more effortless - motivating friends undoubtedly helps with this, too.
  • Outdoor exercise and supportive friends are both mood and self-esteem boosters!
  • It’s fun!  And having fun is definitely good for the brain

You don’t necessarily have to train for a marathon with a group of friends, like our Brainfarmers did. Instead, consider starting a hiking club, playing some beach volleyball, or taking a brisk walk with friends around an unexplored neighborhood in your city. So this week, try to combine three things that we know are good for the brain: exercise, the outdoors, and good friends!