10/10/2023 - Entertainment and Well-being


By Martin Colacilli



Biophilia (love for life) is a concept that was popularized by Erich Fromm and later by psychologist Edward O. Wilson in the 1980s. It refers to the innate affinity that humans have for nature and other forms of life (1). Biophilia suggests that humans have an inner desire for deep and evolutionary connection with nature, and that we have a natural tendency to seek connection with other living beings and natural environments. But it's not just a feeling, it's now corroborated by science.

We marvel at what surrounds us is an innate intelligence that has the human being. Our evolution occurred in the middle and thanks to nature. It is indispensable for us. Contact with nature is beneficial for health. )

It is concluded that an environment devoid of nature can have a negative effect. A hostile environment produces negative emotions, imbalance, tension, anxiety and stress. (3)

Once a week, we should be immersed in Nature.

This affinity with nature manifests itself in various ways in everyday life. Nature is the mother of our kind. She's the best cardiologist. For example, people tend to feel more relaxed and revitalized in natural environments such as parks, forests or gardens. In addition, many people enjoy the observation of animals, plant cultivation and the incorporation of natural elements in their environment, such as decoration with wood, stone or water.

Biophilia was also an important concept in architecture and urban design, since it was demonstrated that the integration of natural elements in built spaces can improve the quality of life and the well-being of people (1)(2). In summary, biophilia stresses the importance of maintaining a significant connection with nature in an increasingly urbanized and technological world, as this connection can benefit people's physical and mental health.


Biophilia is modifying our urban way of living. It helps us to be more connected to nature. It is also making changes in our way of training. More and more people perform physical activity outdoors. According to Sport England, 18 million people walk twice a week in 2016. This nemro step to 21 million in 2020 and continued to increase. to 24 million in 2021. (4)

But this training is not just cardiovascular. In addition to walking, skating, rowing, cycling, monopatín, jumping the soga and open-air boxer, in some park, woods, beach, mountains, etc, we can perform strength and stretching exercises. Gyms began to teach outdoors and Google, the search for “outdoor fitness classes near me” increased 200% over the past five years.

Physical activity in nature is perceived as more soothing and with reducing effects of stress.

  • Walk in nature: It begins with a quiet walk through a path in nature. Breathe deeply and observe your environment. Try to connect with the natural beauty around you.
  • Go up inclined costs or terrain
  • Running or hiking: If you have access to a mountainous terrain or hills, consider running or walking on the natural terrain. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to exercise your cardiovascular resistance while you enjoy the natural environment and fresh air.

Strength exercises: It uses natural elements such as rocks or trunks to perform strength exercises. You can do arms flexions, lifting small rocks, sentries using the weight of your own body, even a class of calisthenia. Some examples are:

  • Stolen walking
  • Up the stairs
  • Go up and down from the banks of the square
  • Armrests in the squares.

It is an excellent opportunity for elongation, balance and meditation in a natural environment.

  • Outdoor Yoga: Find a quiet place to extend a hive or a blanket. Make an outdoor yoga session, taking advantage of the connection with the earth and the sky. Practices postures like greeting to the sun, the posture of the tree and the dog mouth below.
  • Perform balance exercises on a foot. Trash collection: Make your biophilia exercise routine more meaningful by participating in garbage collection. While exercising, take a bag and collect garbage that you find on the way. Contributing to cleaning the environment is a way of connecting with nature and taking care of the environment.
  • Meditation in nature: Look for a quiet place to sit and meditate. Listen to the sounds of nature, feel the breeze and connect with the environment. Meditation in nature can be especially relaxing and restorative.
  • Final stages and Spirits: At the end of his routine, he dedicates a few minutes to performing smooth stretches and practicing full attention (mindfulness). Reflects on your connection to nature and how you feel after your workout routine.


  • Biophilia as Evolutionary Adaptation: An Onto- and Phylogenetic Framework for Biophilic Design. Giuseppe Barbiero & Rita Berto (2021). Front Psychol. 21;12: 700709.
  • Biophilia revisited: nature versus nurture. Bengt Gunnarsson & Marcus Hedblom. (2023). Trends Ecol Evol. 38(9):792-794.
  • Biophilia: does visual contact with nature impact on health and well-being?. Bjørn Grinde & Grete Grindal Patil. (2009). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 6(9):2332-43.
  • Active Lives Adult Surney November 2021-22 Report. Sport England.

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martin colacilli

Martin Colacilli

I'm Martin Colacilli. National Professor of Physical Education. Work as Rugby and Hockey Sports Equipment Physical Preparer since 2000. I am also coordinator of Ocampo Club de Entrenamiento and CEO of Academia2dragones. Work at the Sports Institute by the evaluation workshop and the physical activity and health laboratory. Conducting scientific research presented at international congresses. Co-author of a book of sports physiology. Besides, I'm Personal Trainer.

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