I always forget how great it is to get my workout in outside. Funny you think since I live in sunny Southern California. I came across some reasons why – besides the amazing fresh air – you and I should both be rethinking our daily routine of hitting the gym, and making it happen outside!
Parks, forests and even the pavement don’t charge a joining fee, a monthly direct debit or additional charges for a class. No, nature is free. For a small cost you could invest in some outdoor equipment like a jump rope and new trainers, or even splash out for a set of dumbbells, but this is a onetime fee and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.
Gyms are clean of course, but they can be a breeding place for germs if equipment isn’t wiped down correctly, or people aren’t vigilant with any contagious ailments (like athlete’s foot or verrucas). Also it’s been found that indoor air is more than twice as polluted as outdoor air. So avoid the excess pollution and germ danger and get outside.
Burn More Calories
Using the same equipment and routines every time you visit the gym can lead to our bodies adapting and the exercise becoming less efficient, therefore burning fewer calories. Working out outside can quickly combat this though, as you’ll have to face different terrains and weather conditions every time you exercise. Confronting your body with these unknown and unforeseen elements will keep it on its toes, and therefore it won’t become complacent.
Who doesn’t like to get outside when the sun is shining? Couple that with the exercise endorphins pumped around your body when you start working out and it’s a recipe for success. A study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website found that walking outside was more enjoyable than inside strolls. Nature can be a healing and soothing experience too, with improvements felt in the mind, body and soul.
Susy Sedano is a Content Producer at Digital Wellness, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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