Healthy Outdoor Activities
Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity Roswell Center
Dr. Markeita L. McIntosh Dr. Markeita L. McIntosh

Finding Your Equilibrium: Outdoor activities for well-being and weight loss

What are some of the physical and mental benefits of getting outdoors?
Sunlight on the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D, which helps fight certain conditions from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart disease. Limited sun exposure is a good regimen because light tends to elevate people's mood. Seasonal affective disorder affects some people during the winter when they don't get enough sunlight. The "happy" hormone, serotonin, increases when nights are short and days are long. Experts now believe that sunlight has a widespread mood-elevation.

What are some good outdoor activities for someone who is looking to begin a workout regimen?
Many items on the "honey do" list such as washing the car and cleaning gutters are good ways to include working out in your weekly schedule. Get moving by adding walking in your daily routine, or take a stroll in the neighborhood after dinner.

What are some fun outdoor alternatives for someone who is accustomed to working out indoors or at the gym?
Playtime with kids or friends is a fun outdoor activity. You might begin by introducing some of your childhood favorites such as freeze tag, red light green light, jump rope, hopscotch and four square. Stay active and off the sidelines with outdoor sports such as softball, tennis or basketball. Or spend quiet time maintaining a flower or vegetable garden.

What are the benefits to encouraging children to get outside?
Children are able express their creativity with new adventures and games and learn about nature. Children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors.

Are there any benefits to exercising outdoors versus hopping on a treadmill at the gym?
A recent study showed an improvement in overall well-being. Many participants shared greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and decreased tension, anger and depression when exercising outdoors verses exercising indoors. Several participants in the study reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity, leading many to continue year round outdoor exercise activities.

What are the best outdoor activities for someone who is looking to achieve significant weight loss?
With increased activities and healthy eating habits, a person would be able to lose the average 1 to 2 pounds per week. Based on a 150-pound person, one would be able to expend 544 to 306 calories per hour with the following activities:
• an afternoon tennis match
• freestyle swimming
• hiking a nature trail
• carrying your own clubs during your golf game


Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity Centers
(770) 998-7344
1875 Old Alabama Road, Suite 430
Roswell, Ga 30076

Dr. Markeita L. McIntosh is the founder and CEO of Well Woman based in Atlanta, GA. A sought-after transformational speaker, she advocates that health integrates oneness of your spirit, mind and body by utilizing spiritual and scientific principles of healing