It’s spring, and that means warmer weather and baseball. This year, it can also mean no-cost yoga classes. As the Official Health Insurance Partner of the Atlanta Braves, we’re offering classes at the Battery Atlanta. So wherever you live, get out, get some exercise, and enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors!
Yoga at The Battery Atlanta
Come to The Battery Atlanta on Monday evenings through the end of October to take advantage of no-cost yoga (and parking), presented by Kaiser Permanente. Beginning at 6:30 pm on the plaza, Kaiser Permanente instructors will lead you, your friends, and family through poses and postures of yoga. All ages and levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Click below for details and schedule. Looking for classes closer to home? Visit kp.org/classes.
|April||8, 15, 22||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
|May||6, 13, 20, 27||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
|June||3, 24||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
|July||1, 8, 15, 22, 29||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
|August||5, 12, 19, 26||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
|September||9, 16, 23, 30||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
|October||7, 14, 21, 28||6:30 to 7:30 pm|
800 Battery Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30339
For more details visit batteryatl.com/yoga.
4 health reasons to head outdoors
Jay Lee, MD, an internal medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente in Denver and someone who works out every day, encourages patients to exercise regularly. He believes there’s no better place to work up a sweat than among the trees, mountains and lakes. Research suggests that he’s right — numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature has mental and physical health benefits, such as improving mood and mental capabilities, as well as reducing stress.
And here are four reasons why you should find open space, a park or trail this spring and year-round:
- YOU’RE MOVING.
Being outside usually means you’re active, whether it’s hiking, biking, gardening or swimming. Getting your heart rate up is key to good health. It helps your sleep, keeps your waistline trim and reduces your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, among other health benefits.
Going outside usually exposes you to the sun — and its benefits. Sunlight improves moods, and doles out a much-needed dose of vitamin D, which strengthens bones because it helps our bodies absorb calcium more effectively. The caveat, though, is that prolonged exposure can be damaging to your skin, so cover up and use a sunscreen that will protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays.
- BREATHE EASILY.
Fresh air is much better for us than the circulated, indoor air. When people go outdoors, their exposure to colds and viruses is much lower. (Just stay away from too much pollen if that triggers allergies for you.)
- THE “AH” MOMENT.
Being outdoors, surrounded by gurgling creeks, chirping birds and aromatic flora is just plain relaxing. With no honking horns, beckoning chores or buzzing electronics, you can unwind more easily.
- Before heading out, says Dr. Lee, prepare with not only sunscreen, but also plenty of water and appropriate attire, especially footwear.