Five Reasons an Outdoor Workout Could Be Right for You

It’s sometimes easier to work out during the long winter months than it is during spring or summertime. If you regularly get your exercise at the gym, you know that it can seem like a nice, warm oasis when it’s snowy and icy outside. It’s a place you can go to shed your scarf and work up a sweat before heading back out into the cold air. When you factor in extras like the sauna or whirlpool that many gyms have on site, you can see why it’s sometimes a little easier to get a workout done when it’s cold outside.

Now that the weather’s warming up outside, you probably find yourself wanting to spend more time outdoors. This is perfectly natural; after all, you’ve been hibernating all winter long. Your bones are warming up and you’re ready to get outside and soak up some of that vitamin D you’ve been craving. An odd side effect of this weather is that it’s actually tougher to get to the gym, even though you have more energy. The solution to your problem is a simple one. It’s time to take your workout outdoors.

Five Reasons to Workout Outside

  1. It’s cheaper. This one is pretty much a no-brainer. You don’t have to pay for a fancy gym membership to access Mother Nature’s running track; it doesn’t matter if you’re going for a leisurely stroll or a long run, all you need is a good pair of shoes.
  2. It’s healthier. Indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to a study from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  3. You call the shots. No more waiting for a class to begin or for the gym to open. When your gym is the great outdoors, it’s open whenever you want it to be.
  4. You’ll be more relaxed. According to the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, walking outdoors reduces stress, while indoor walking actually increases it.
  5. You’ll burn more calories. Exercise experts agree that the variables in temperatures and wind resistance can actually lead to burning more calories than gym exercise.

We’ve got in the habit of thinking that a workout isn’t complete without all the gym extras that we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. However, if you give it some thought you may just realize that what originally began as convenience may have developed into a rigid habit.

Schedule flexibility and stress reduction is almost as important to your health as exercise itself. If you find that you’re having trouble making it to the gym this summer, why not give yourself a “gym time out”?  You may just find that it gives you the extra boost that you need to meet your next fitness goals this season. 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician prior to beginning any new exercise regimen.

Story credit: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/outdoor-fitness

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