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What's even more interesting is the research that has examined the differences between exercise in a gym versus the great outdoors. In a nutshell, if you are looking to strengthen your mental health and resiliency (meaning to overcome or manage stress better) physical activity in nature is your best bet. Being connected to natural environments is one thing many city-dwellers don't get enough of. The results can relate to mental health challenges such as depression, chronic stress, and a lower sense of quality of life.
So what's wrong with the gym? Some people just love the gym atmosphere...I was one of them for many many years. Unfortunately, choosing a gym environment will expose you to a higher tendency to socially compare yourself to others (just like you do on Facebook). People tend to wear revealing clothing that create a sense of intimidation for others and, in turn, can manifest itself into a more negative body image. From cleaning sprays and other nasty smells to the stressful clanging of weights and groaning of mechanised equipment (not to mention group fitness classes moving to music volumes that can ruin your hearing later in life - not that I know anything about that) the gym culture may not be conducive to strengthening your mental fitness. In fact, I will go so far as to suggest it doesn't do a thing for your mental health.
Fifteen to 30 minutes is all you need for health...maybe 45 if you are going to stop by Starbucks on the way back.
Check out my "video clip" link and you will see a clip entitled "23 1/2 Hours" that details all the fabulous benefits of moderate amounts of physical activity. It's worth the time and effort.
That's all I got.