Biophilia: Green gyms could be the key to feel-good fitness
— The Independent, UK

BIOPHILIC DESIGN

A way to reunite indoor and outdoor worlds in urban architecture and interiors. Typically found in residential, hotel and office buildings, hospitals and retail stores; biofit is the first to integrate it fully into a gym environment. We use natural plants, textures, colours, visuals, shapes, scents, sounds and materials while avoiding metal machinery and flashing LCD screens to create healthy, green spaces.

NATURE & WELLBEING

Numerous studies have shown that biophilic design in the workplace gives employees an enhanced feeling of wellbeing, increases their productivity, improves their creativity, reduces anxiety, lowers staff turnover and lowers staff sickness rates (Professor Cary Cooper, Biophilic Design in the Workplace).

In educational environments students have seen increased learning speed, while in healthcare centers biophilic design has reduced patient recovery time and in retail stores it can boost customer spend. We're applying the same logic to gym design, doubling down on the wellness benefits on offer in the process.

REFERENCES / RESEARCH STUDIES

Biofit - Indoor Green Exercise, UKActive Research Institute

Nature Design for Better Health, Roger S. Ulrich

The Economics of Biophilia, Terrapinn

Green is Good For You, American Psychological Association

Biophilic Design in the Workplace, Prof. Cary Cooper

Going Green In the Workspace, Prof. Cary Cooper

Green Offices Keep Staff Healthy & Happy, World Green Building Council

Forest Bathing Enhances Human Natural Killer Activity and Expression of Anti-cancer Proteins, Tsunetsugu Y1, Park BJ, Miyazaki Y 

The Cost Effectiveness of Addressing Public Health Priorities Through Improved Access to the Natural Outdoors, Valuing Nature, 2017

The Importance of Green Space for Mental Health, Jo Barton & Mike Rogerson, 2017

A Review of the Benefits of Nature Experience: More Than Meets The Eye. Lara S. Franco, Danielle F. Shanahan, and Richard A. Fuller (2017)

Green Mind Theory: How Brain-Body-Behaviour Links into Natural and Social Environments for Healthy Habits. Pretty, Rogerson & Barton (2017)

Occlusion of sight, sound and smell during Green Exercise influences mood, perceived exertion and heart rate, Wooller, J. J., Barton, J., Gladwell, V. F., & Micklewright, D. (2015)

The relationship between nature connectedness and happinessColin A. CapaldiRaelyne L. Dopko, and John M. Zelenski

The great outdoors: How a green exercise environment can benefit allGladwell VF, Brown, DK, Wood CJ, Sandercock GR and Barton JL (2013)

Therapeutic effect of forest bathing on human hypertension in the elderly.Mao G.X., Cao, Y.B., Lan, X.G., He, Z.H., Chen, Z.M., Wang, Y.Z., Hu, X.L., Lv, Y.D., Wang, G.F., Yan, J. (2012). 

Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Well-being than Physical Activity Indoors? A Systematic Review. Thomson Koon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J et al  (2011).

What is the best dose of nature and green exercise for improving mental health. A multi-study analysis. Barton J and Pretty, J. (2010)

What Is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health. Barton, J. & J. Pretty (2010)

Green Exercise in the UK countryside: Effects on health and psychological well-being, and implications for policy and planning. Pretty J, Peacock J, Hine R, Sellens M, South N et al (2007).

Physiological Effects in Humans Induced by the Visual Stimulation of Room Interiors with Different Wood Quantities, Tsunetsugu, Y., Y. Miyazaki, & H. Sato (2007).

Greenspace, urbanity, and health: how strong is the relation? Maas, J., Verheij, R., Groenewegen, P., de Vries, S., Spreeuwenberg, P. (2006). 

Shinrin-yoku (forest-air bathing and walking) effectively decreases blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. Ohtsuka, Y., Yabunaka, N., Takayama, S. (1998).