The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

The world of fitness seems to be in a continuous state of flux. Newer fitness techniques seem to be emerging every other day, some unique and some rather odd. Fitness regimes today include everything from different dance styles to complex gym machines and what not. Hectic lifestyles mean that more and more people are turning to different fitness regimes to keep themselves healthy. But what about the old school outdoor exercise? A brief perusal of doctor's advice columns in the newspapers clearly shows that the medical community still believes that jogging, walking and simple outdoor exercises are the key to keeping diseases away. Most true personal trainers and fitness experts will also not hesitate to tell you a thing or two on why exercising outdoors is great.

Sometimes we get so caught up visiting the gym that we forget about the advantages of exercising outdoors. You can find many advantages of getting outside and leaving the gymnasium behind. We're doing our bodies a favour, when we leave the confines of a fitness center and head outside. While there are many advantages of exercising outdoors, here are a few of them to get started with:

 

Mental Well-Being

There was a recent study that demonstrated an increase in mental well-being when exercise was performed outside. It enhances our disposition, releases tensions, and revitalizes us, when we work out outside.

 

Vitamin D

There have been many studies lately that corroborate the claims of an increase in levels of Vitamin D. This indisputably is extremely beneficial to our and there is no better way to raise those levels than to get outside and snatch a feel of the sun.

 

Fresh Air

Fresh air does a lot to the body and mind. Occasionally the atmosphere in houses and buildings may be rancid and polluted. Exercising outdoors gives us a chance to inhale fresh air which is highly recommended. 

 

It's Fun

Let's face it. Running on that treadmill for 45 minutes can get rather monotonous. Spinning on a cycle for an hour is very tedious. There are a lot of things to do outside. The terrain offers many options. Every one of this option will definitely keep the mind occupied and thinking. Inside we generally either watch TV or pay attention to music to pass time. Listening to music and watching TV keeps your mind occupied but not focused at the task at hand. It is fine to let your thoughts have a break from your distractions and to head outside to get a jog.

 

It's Free

Gym membership fees seem to creep up in cost through the years, just like everything else. Wish to exercise at no cost? Head outdoors and get started. Equipment is required by some tasks of course. In the event you're already going to the fitness center you almost certainly have a good pair of running shoes. With those shoes you can walk, run, jog, or trek outside.

 

There are different possible activities to perform outside. One thing to keep in mind would be to pick activities that get your heartbeat up to get the most benefit. Several exercises you can try out are running, walking, hiking, and cycling. While you are outside and attempting to change your exercise routines, don’t head for the park or run laps on the track. Instead find a route through an area and hit the trail. If you can’t run, find a good trail someplace with varied terrain and just walk, if you appreciate walking. Get on your own bike and explore different places you generally don't get to visit. Obtain a mountain bike and locate some enjoyable trails to ride.

As you can discern, it sounds sensible to escape the gym occasionally and head outdoors. Clearly you'll not be able to replace your gym activities all with outdoor activities. You'll still need the gym for weight lifting as well as for all those bad weather days. Additionally while exercising outside remember to be safe. Be cautious about traffic and stay hydrated. It's always safer and much more fun to work out having a personal trainer too.


Sergio Pedemonte is a Your House Fitness personal trainer based in Toronto, ON.