Benefits of Exercising Outdoors on Trails, Creek Beds, Rocks

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    Apr 15, 2015 2:30 AM GMT
    NYT: People should get out of the sterile gym environment to run, jump, throw and climb outdoors. The benefits of exercising outdoors on trails, creek beds and rocks, where footholds are uncertain and paths contain obstacles like rocks and fallen trees that need to be climbed or hurdled, cannot be underestimated.

    In our time, we have really gone off the rails in our modern concept of the hero is this Hollywood assumption that they are all like Hugh Jackman. In reality, the classic Greek ideal of a hero was a common person.

    It’s about developing your natural abilities so you have dexterity for throwing, climbing or crawling. Strength is about using that natural elastic recoil in our body to tap into these latent reservoirs of strength. They are there; we just don’t use them.

    Add things to your workout that you don’t think you can do. Try to climb a rope. Walk on all fours. Get outside and do things you’re not expecting.
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    Apr 16, 2015 4:52 PM GMT

    I think this video sums it up perfectly:

    get out there and move. A great movement practitioner called Ido Portal is a pretty good inspiration for my friends and me:

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  • Svnw688

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    Apr 16, 2015 6:12 PM GMT
    I see the benefit, but there's a seriously increased risk of injury. Rolled ankles, falls, etc.

    I'd say this is food for thought for most people, like myself, but for professional athletes or athletes on proper sports team (i.e., non-recreational), I'd say this is an unacceptable level of risk for the purported benefits.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 22, 2015 10:24 PM GMT
    Very good advice to be more active outdoors!
    I`d also recommend it from a mental health viewpoint.
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    Apr 29, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
    You mean like actually getting up off my fat lazy ass and going outside to do something fun?

    Oh the horror! icon_eek.gif