The effects of exercise on depression and overall mental wellbeing have been studied for decades now. There does not seem to be any debate about the fact that exercise helps combat depression, but did you know taking your exercise outdoors can provide you with even bigger results?
In 1999 scientists studying the effects of exercise vs. medication on depression divided 156 participants into three groups:
1. Aerobic exercise only
2. Medication only
3. Aerobic exercise and medication
The study found that 60% to 70% of participants in all three groups no longer suffered from major depression!
A follow up study then found that participants who exercised had longer lasting results; those who continued to exercise were less likely to relapse into depression.
In 2011, a group of scientists decided to delve further into the relationship between exercise and depression and conducted a systematic review to compare exercising indoors to exercising outdoors.
This review found that:
"compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date."
We know it can be difficult to get outside during the winter months, but with spring just around the corner we want to help you enjoy the outdoors! Check out TrainMeFit's favourite Brampton (and surrounding area) trails & activities:
Silver Creek Trail
Technically this is in Halton, not Brampton. But if you are looking for a more moderate hike, want to be near the water, and appreciate stunning views, you and your pups should check this one out!
If you are looking for a less intense trail, but still want the calming effects of the water then you should check out Professor's Lake in Brampton. The trail cuts through a quiet neighbourhood, but quickly takes you back to the serentiy of the lake. Plus, in the summer you can swim, stand up paddle board, play beach volleyball...it's a great place for the whole family!
Forks of the Credit and Cheltenham Badlands
Have you seen the Mars-like land in Caledon? There is nothing else like it in this area, and it is so close rocky hiking filled with waterfalls! This is a popular spot that seems to attract people from all over the G.T.A.
Etobicoke Creek Trail
This trail runs North-South through Brampton, beginning just North of the 410 & Mayfield Rd and taking you all the way South to Mississauga! The trail takes you along the creek and hits Loafer's Lake if you're further North on it. It is easy to walk, whether you want to do a 2K, 10K or beyond!
Nordic Pole Walking
Did you know using Nordic Poles can increase the calories you burn walking by up to 42% (when used properly)? Or that they decrease the impact on your joints? With proper use, Nordic Poles engage 90% of your musculature whereas regular walking engages less than 50 per cent. Plus, the powerful impact of Nordic Pole walking on disease management is being studied all the time!
Your TrainMeFit trainers are certified Nordic Pole walking instructors and we can tell you how much of a workout it is! Once you have a lesson or two to learn how to walk with the poles, the benefits are instantly noticeable. Improve posture, manage weight and decrease stress with this convenient piece of equipment. Walking with your poles for 30 minutes equates to walking without them for 50 minutes, so they are perfect if you are tight for time.
TrainMeFit is a Nordic Pole distributor. Contact us to order yours today!