Since the pandemic hit, it has been increasingly difficult to spend time outdoors. However, the outside world has numerous physical and mental health benefits that should not be overlooked. It is important for people to find the motivation to do outdoor activities and exercise so they can reap the benefits.
Spring is here and the warmer weather makes going outside a little more enjoyable. Make a habit out of spending time outside each day and make sure to prepare for all conditions.
Here is a list of benefits you could experience from exercising outside.
You will burn more calories
If you go for a run outside, you can’t press the stop button and immediately opt-out of your workout. You have to keep running or walking to get home. On average, people burn 10% more calories when they workout outside because they are less focused on how tired they are and more into their surroundings. Try exercising in a beautiful outdoor location to distract yourself from the burn in your muscles.
There is also increased wind resistance and temperature regulation outside. On a treadmill, you need to alter the difficulty of your workout manually. However, outside there is natural resistance on trails and park running routes.
Elevate your self-esteem
One of the best things about exercising outdoors is there are no mirrors. You can exercise in the fresh air, feeling the ground under your feet without focussing on the way you look. Feel happier, more alive and focus your thoughts on healthily moving your body. Just make sure to come prepared with women’s thermals and waterproof footwear in colder conditions.
Exercising in a green environment has health benefits as well. Urban areas can cause you to feel more stressed when working out.
Exercising outside is free. You don’t need an overpriced gym membership, and you can enjoy being creative with your workouts, for example, using a park bench to do elevated push-ups or mountain climbers.
Most people overestimate how much they will use their gym membership by a whopping 70%. Go for a run and save money on gym bills and gas.
Boost immune system
Natural light has a whole host of health benefits. Sunlight boosts your vitamin D levels and reduces your risk of heart disease, weight gain and depression. Instead of staring at an online home workout tutorial, admire the beauty of the great outdoors. Taking some time away from your laptop and phone screen can reduce stress levels and help you feel a little less anxious.
Do you exercise outdoors?
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