Enjoy the Outdoor Exercise Routine

April 2, 2013 Sports

Outdoor exercise routineThe benefits of a daily exercise routine are priceless, while the lack of exercise ruins all other efforts for a healthy body and mind, like healthy food or keeping up the good spirits… we all know it. However, knowing it is not enough to motivate us to exercise daily or at least 3-4 times per week. So, while some manage to get good results with indoor exercise, either at home or at the gym, others are still in search of a good motivation.

Exercising outdoor could be the key to success. Especially now, when the warm weather is here, tempting us to go outside and enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Moreover, you should know that there are benefits to exercising outdoor that are lost on a treadmill. Here are just three of them:

  • Outdoor workout eliminates many of the common excuses for not keeping the daily exercise routine. Even when you’re travelling, you can always go outdoors for a walk or a run. And when you are home you can even bring your dog along, in case you have one. Plus, exercising outdoor is almost always free, and requires little or no equipment: just a pair running shoes. In order to avoid accidents, you should pay attention to the surface on which you run: grass is softer, but it would be better to check it for holes prior to the running session. If you choose a concrete surface, get some good running shoes, to absorb shock.

  • An outdoor exercise routine presents several challenges that don’t exist indoors. For example, you stride differently when running outdoors. Studies have been made, comparing the exertion of running on a treadmill and the exertion of outdoor runners. Results showed that it took treadmill runners less energy to cover the same distance as those striding outdoor. The main reason is because those who exercised indoor face no wind resistance or changes in terrain, no matter how subtle. Walking on an uneven surface is also good for your sense of balance and can work different muscle groups as compared to walking on a smooth treadmill belt. Research also shows that the visual stimulation that outdoor exercise offers makes you work out harder.

  • Probably the most important reason for getting outdoor work out is the greater positive effect on mental heath. Several studies concluded that, compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environment was associated with increased energy and more positive engagement. At the same time, it led to decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Walking, jogging, running, sports, or other outdoor exercises boost your mood and self-esteem. Plus, instead of working out in stale inside air under glaring fluorescent lights, you can enjoy the sun and absorb a bit of health-enhancing vitamin D from its light.

Ready, steady… let’s go outside, take a deep breath in the park and forget all about the workplace stress or other problems!