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3 Outdoor Activities to Boost Your Health & Wellness 

One of the top proven ways to prevent chronic disease, premature death, and improve health and immune function is by daily physical activity. There have been countless studies that show those who do some sort of regular exercise feel better, live longer, and have a much better quality of life. In addition to the benefits of physical activity, exercising outdoors around nature, breathing in the fresh air and soaking up the sunshine provides even more protection to your mind and body.   


When we think of exercising, running is something that comes to mind fairly quickly, but walking is a form of exercise that is just as valuable. Walking is less intensive, but it can be just as beneficial for your health while providing unique benefits of its own such as boosting your immune systemWalking is known to be one of the easier exercises to implement into your daily life without causing inconvenience to your time management. By walking around 30 minutes a day, you are helping prevent arthritis from developing, burning calories, discouraging weight gain, and making improvements to your mood. Due to these daily developments, daily walks assist in reducing how often you can get sick and will also assist in making those nasty colds shorter and milder. As a plus side, take those walks outside in a park! The scenic views will do wonders for stress release and allow for a bit of relaxation. 


Swimming is known to be one of the most popular, if not the most popular, recreational outdoor activity. Not only is it fun, but it’s also one of the most effective forms of full-body aerobic exercise out there! Since you are submerged in water, more effort needs to be exerted to move around, but the water creates less stress on joints and weight-bearing parts of the body. This exercise is considered a perfect one for those who have arthritis or are currently in rehab for an injury. Like with running, this form of exercise can boost mood, improve overall health, and encourages a longer life. Swimming is considered a very enjoyable activity and provides structure for your respiratory muscles and a sense of tranquility while in the water.  


If you are one who enjoys being around nature and all of its glory, hiking is the perfect exercise to add to your lifestyle. Did you know that hiking is great for strengthening your muscles, improving bone density, and lowering the chances you have of developing osteoporosis? Hiking mainly focuses on working your leg muscles but can work other areas of your body, such as the core and lower back if you are carrying a bag with you. Additional perks to hiking are results of lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and body fat while enhancing your flexibility and coordination. 

Interested in seeing what types of insurance fit your health needs? Reach out to your local agent today for more information.