Green exercise, forest bathing, Shinrin-Yoku, exercise squared...
Wherever you’re from, whatever you call it, we all intuitively know that spending time in nature, particularly when exercising, is restorative and enriching. Now there is increasing scientific understanding of how exercising in nature (known as 'Green Exercise') in particular can bring us physical and mental health benefits.
Simply being in nature reduces stress and regulates bodily functions such as heartbeat, blood flow, blood pressure, breathing and digestion
Lower Perceived Exertion
Evidence suggests exercise feels easier in a natural environment, allowing us to achieve more and become stronger
Restores our cognitive ability, making our minds perform better and allowing us to be more present
We have an instinct to go to nature when we need to feel better. To feel restful. To escape the chatter of life.
By exercising in more natural environments we create a distraction - a positive one - from daily stresses, creating a sense of calm, returning us to our default, non-stressed state.
Being outside also allows us to bask in a photon shower - a burst of natural light - essential for resetting our circadian rhythm, putting us back in sync with nature.
Lower Perceived Exertion
Because running outside is more interesting and more immersive, our cognitive fatigue is reduced. This makes running feel less effortful.
Our base levels of skill, speed and stamina as runners become stronger. We want to run more. We thrive in natural environments.
Because green exercise feels easier, we can train longer and benefit further, as cycle of physical and mental improvement.
Ever felt tired having not done exercise? Sounds like a normal day at work right? Well, that fatigue is partly caused by depleteted direct attention - the type of attention which involves a lot of mental effort and concentration to block out distractions.
Being in nature, especially when running, uses what is sometimes referred to as soft focus or indirect attention.
This effortless attention gives us space for reflection and mental recovery, allowing us to restore our attention capacity, making us more effective when we need to be. Green exercise is the ultimate productivity hack.
Green exercise has been referred to as exercised squared - we believe by adding grounding to your time in nature, it is possible to add another dimension to your time exercising and to supercharge your run.
Bahé was created to reconnect us with nature and to allow people to get the most from green exercise. Our products are designed to work with, rather than against nature.
Using our ground flow system, our shoes electrically connect you with the earth
Specifically designed, adaptive grip outsole so you can exercise in nature, whatever the terrain
Constructed with water-resistant materials so the elements don't get in the way of your exercise
The absence of the straight lines which clutter our busy lives is a feature of nature that helps us escape and enter a more mindful state.
Inspired by this, we designed with more organic flowing lines for a more natural connection even before you lace up.
Natural surfaces come in all shapes and sizes, so we designed to work with these variations.
As well as our sole featuring a triangle cleat formation for grip in all directions, we also applied a natural texture to the surface to ensure optimum traction whatever the terrain.
Natural tones have a relaxing, but invigorating effect on us. They allow us to feel the power of the earth without needing to shout in garish colours.
We took inspiration from the ebb and flow of daylight and the seasons to create our colour palette.