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Friluftsliv: Norwegian concept for getting outdoors

River in the mountains

Friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv) is the Norwegian concept for getting outdoors. Research today shows that our society is becoming increasingly more inactive. The sitting disease, common term for sedentary living, is claimed by many doctors to have passed cigarettes as the #1 cause of illness today. Research has also directly linked long periods of inactivity to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity; and when the average American spends 22 hours of his or her day inactive, there is a definite cause for concern. So what do you do about it? Going to the gym is a great way to expend some energy, but how much time do you spend in a gym, or what if you don't want to spend money on a gym?

Get Outdoors! Getting outdoors is an excellent way to increase your activity. Going for a walk or run, exploring the area around you, and enjoying the beauty of nature can make exercise and activity easy and fun. What the gym and exercise centers lack is sunshine, trees, flowers, grass, smells, sounds, and peace that is found in nature. Research from the University of San Diego supports the fact that sunshine decreases depression, and Rutgers University has shown that flowers and nature are also linked to decreased levels of depression.

Many of us know that exercising is a great way to stay healthy, but we have a hard time acquiring the motivation to get out and expel some energy. One key to getting motivated to exercise is to stop thinking of it as exercise and just do something you enjoy. Everyone has different structures that help them get motivated. Regardless of what that structure is, get moving. Whether you enjoy walking the dog, playing in the park, or hiking in the wilderness, you are more likely to continue exercising if you are having fun. Western Colorado Outdoors, LLC., is a great resource to help you enjoy exercising. WCO provides rock climbing, day hikes, and backpacking expeditions that make exercising fun and will help motivate you to keep exercising. Friluftsliv, the concept for getting outdoors, can bring a whole new level of exercise into your life that will both challenge you and help you accomplish your goals.

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