Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, involves immersing yourself in the forest atmosphere using all of your senses, and a study published in 2009 found that the practice may help relax the body. Compared with city settings, forest environments can lower cortisol levels, pulse rate, and blood pressure, and they can increase parasympathetic nerve activity, according to the research.
Connecting with nature may benefit your nutrition. In a 2022 study of adults in Philadelphia, those who reported a stronger connection to nature (based on their experiences and perspectives) also said they ate more fruits and vegetables. So, nature-based activities could help improve diet quality, according to the lead study author.
In a study published in 2020, a group of older adults took brief outdoor walks for eight weeks. Those who made an effort to cultivate awe (going somewhere new, paying attention to details, and looking at everything with fresh eyes, per the New York Times) reported more joy during their walks than those who did not.
With its outdoor group fitness classes and training areas, Equinox Hamptons will give members the opportunity to experience the great outdoors—the Equinox way. The group fitness space “looks like a dream for anyone who wants to work outdoors,” says Waz Ashayer, group fitness manager at Equinox Hamptons. Ashayer is also excited about planned guest appearances from New York City-based instructors and the opportunity to build a community. “It’s definitely a destination venue for the summer,” he says. Upgrade your existing membership, join for the summer, or simply sign up for a class.