Moderate exercise, as recommended by sport and exercise medicine (SEM) specialists, has a positive effect on both the physical and psychological immune systems. Dr Richard Kogelnig, Deputy Medical Director at the Park Igls health retreat, explains how exercising outdoors reduces the risk of tumours, brings infection rates down and strengthens the whole body – inside and out. Dr Kogelnig compares being in nature with a symphony of the most varied of sensory qualities. All of which are good for the joints and back, especially when hiking, mountaineering, running or cycling and, as a positive side effect, also strengthen our brain and psyche. In his interview he gives decisive advice on what to pay attention to when choosing outdoor activities and reveals why he is a big outdoor fan himself.
When we exercise
In the new edition of ParkZeit 2021, sports scientist and exercise therapist Maximilian Stangl reveals valuable tips for beginners and popular walking tours around Park Igls. Whether you prefer a leisurely or a challenging tour, if you’re an ambitious or less sure-footed hiker, there’s a route for all fitness levels. The cocktail of nature, air and movement will boost happiness and lead us back to our roots as hunters and gatherers.