Your Personal Best: Exercising in Nature
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
Nature has a calming effect on the body, mind and soul and can greatly improve both physical and mental health.
According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, observing nature, exercising or doing some type of physical activity in green space lowers the stress hormones known as cortisol and epinephrine.
When lowering stress hormones, you are able to improve your overall heart health and lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood pressure.
Dr. Milady Murphy says exercising in nature can be beneficial for all parts of our body.
“Being in nature, exercising in green space is not only good for the soul,” said Murphy. “But, it’s good for the heart as well.”