Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What is your favorite green space?

Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Skyline - West Duluth
Spring has finally sprung, and it seems like summer might be right on time. According to our calendar, Summer begins on Father's Day, this coming Sunday. :) Last night I was out for a bike ride, enjoying the gorgeous deep green of the trees. Aaah. It fills my soul to be engaging in physical activity among the trees. And since we live in Duluth, there is always a hill for extra "intervals," that comes with a reward of a beautiful vantage point of the St. Louis River or Lake Superior...whether you are road riding or mountain biking, walking the sidewalks, or hiking the Superior Hiking Trail.

After finishing my ride last night, I wondered how many Duluthians actually get out to enjoy the immense amounts of green space that we have...so this morning I did a little searching and found a document by the Seagrant at UMD. Although it is from 2001, it seems like it should still be a fairly accurate representation of the use and appreciation of our green space. In the 3 years that I've lived here, I've seen an increase in use of our neighborhood park, and that makes me happy. :) Page 4 of the document says that 84-93% of the people surveyed use the areas around lakes, streams, overlooks, forests and shoreline. Impressive!

Why does this make me so happy as the owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC - a business based on the outdoors? Because that means we all have experienced some health benefits of the wilderness! Did you know that there are many health benefits of getting out into the wilderness/green space? I'm sure you did, it seems only natural, right? But perhaps the list of health benefits that was composed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will have a few positively surprising benefits. According to an article that they posted, forests can help to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, decrease stress, improve mood, increase ability to focus (even in children with ADHD), accelerate recovery from surgery or illness, increase energy levels, and improve sleep.

We at E3 Twin Ports, LLC have experienced these benefits, and hope that you do too. Summer is the perfect time to get into a healthy habit of movement outdoors. Would you like help to get started? Would you like to have an assessment of where you are at, some coaching to help you stay motivated, and then have a re-assessment to see your results and improvements to help keep you going? Contact us (info@e3twinports.com), and we can schedule one-on-one coaching with you. We enjoy working with individuals, and helping infuse excitement for movement outdoors, to help our clients lead the life they imagined by leading healthy, happy, and meaningful lives, all while aging youthfully. :)

Please share with us - Do you get out to enjoy greenspace on a regular basis? If so, what is your favorite? We'd love to hear! (Even if you aren't a Duluthian - we enjoy learning about other great potential vacation locations.)

E3 Twin Ports, LLC owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
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E3 Twin Ports, LLC owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts is passionate about helping people to age youthfully, by leading healthy, happy, and meaningful lives.

Live Happy, Dream Big, Smile, and Play Outside!

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