7 reasons to take your workout outside

Take Your Workout Outside

Take Your Workout Outside

Think hitting the gym is hard? It’s even tougher when the weather beckons you to ditch the four walls and stale air of the indoors for the sun and breeze outside. Stop ignoring your instincts! Nature is a perfect buff-body training ground. Here are seven reasons to blow off the dark, dreary gym and step outside.

1. You’ll Go for Longer

Leave the magazines at home and head out for an exploratory run through your ‘hood. You’ll be surprised how much faster time travels when you aren’t in the gym. “Changing your routine, seeing new faces, taking in the scenic shrubberythis all helps combat workout boredom,” says Robert Gotlin, DO, director of the Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. To top it off, a grueling workout may not seem so, er, grueling. “When you’re distracted by the environment, you’re less aware of your effort, such as how far you’ve run or how much your quads burn.” Heck, you might even double your workout to 60 minutes without even knowing it.

2. You’ll Blast More Calories

It’s easy to get in a fitness rut when your body knows exactly what to expect from your gym machines like the treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike. The varied terrain of a park might be just what your body need to challenge itself to move in varied, more complex ways, says Stacy Berman, founder and creator of outdoor exercise class, Stacy’s Bootcamp. Factor in wind (Mama Nature’s form of resistance training), temps (the hotter the weather, the harder your body has to work to cool down), and other external variables, you can end up torching 5 to 7 percent more calories just by trading the treadmill for trails.

3. You’ll Save Money

Gym memberships aren’t cheap. They can drain your bank account—85 percent of Americans spend up to 600 dollars per year on their facilities, and 15 percent pay even more–which can feel like a real waste if you’re more of a no-show than gym rat. The smaller investment in a home gym can even be a waste of money for some: American households spend on average 130 dollars annually on sports and exercise equipment. Besides cutting your fitness bills, running out your front door can save you cash on gas.

4. You’ll Be Happier

Playing outside is like organic Prozac. “Breathing fresh air opposed to the recycled kind can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body’s release of feel-good endorphins,” Gotlin says. “It’s not that your muscles respond better to it, but rather your mind does, which in turn makes you want to work harder.” Exercising outside also creates greater feelings of revitalization, energy, and positive thinking than does working out indoors, according to a report published in Environmental Science and Technology. What’s more, after an 30-minute walk in the park, 71 percent of people feel less stressed, while 72 percent of people who take their walks indoors actually feel more stressed.

5. You’ll Fight Germs

Gyms aren’t always the meccas of health we make them out to be. A whole slew of studies show that gyms are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. MRSA is the most dangerous super bug you can catch at your fitness facility—it’s resistant to most antibiotics and can cause fever, rash, wounds, and chest pain. Other less harmful infections include athlete’s foot, boils, herpes simplex, and ringworm, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. You can avoid these hazards by washing your hands often, changing your socks daily, using foot powder, wiping down equipment before and after use and wearing flip flops in the shower. Or you can simply take your training to the streets (even Rocky left the boxing ring every once in a while to run around his ‘hood). Indoor air is two to five time more polluted than outdoor air, according to a study from the Environmental Protection Agency. If you’ve ever walked into a stinky gym, you know exactly what’s up.

6. You’ll Think More Clearly

Breaking a sweat outside may make you smarter. “Humans were hunter-gatherers and farmers for some 300,000 generations; have been industrialized for only six to eight, so we are outdoor animals living largely inside,” says Jo Barton, Ph.D., the lead author of a 2011 study that analyzed the mental health of 53 people who were involved in indoor or outdoor activities for six weeks. “Closeness to nature increases our well-being—it has an immunizing effect by protecting us from future stresses and helping us concentrate and think more clearly,” she says.

7. You’ll Work Out Whenever You Want

How’s this for empowering: The outdoors is always ready to go. No class schedules, no waiting in line for the elliptical machine, and no need to dig out your exercise bands from the closet. You can fit fitness in whenever you have a chance. Even a 20-minute intense workout in the great outdoors will do the trick: A single high-intensity workout is three times more effective at burning fat than endurance training, according to a study published in Metabolism.

Courtesy

Image Source

About the Author

Gterd

10 Comments

  • July 13, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    571755 676875I like this web website extremely a lot, Its a truly nice billet to read and obtain info . 867535

  • July 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    498452 500080I got what you mean , saved to my bookmarks , very nice website . 103415

  • July 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    389589 844600As I site owner I believe the topic material here is real great, appreciate it for your efforts. 65162

  • Suzie Exum said:
    July 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    842921 537716Outstanding post, I conceive weblog owners need to acquire a whole lot from this weblog its really user pleasant. 833518

  • July 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

    93363 169760Hmm is anyone else experiencing issues with the images on this blog loading? Im trying to discover out if its a issue on my end or if its the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated. 280483

  • August 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    696498 682712Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this web site with us so I came to appear it more than. Im undoubtedly enjoying the details. Im book-marking and will likely be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding weblog and superb style and style. 940126

  • August 9, 2016 at 7:17 am

    19071 577882The planet are in fact secret by having temperate garden which are normally beautiful, rrncluding a jungle that is surely surely profligate featuring so a lot of systems by way of example the game courses, golf approach and in addition private pools. Hotel reviews 549212

  • judi online said:
    August 12, 2016 at 3:52 am

    779721 246984You produced some very good points there. I did a search on the subject and identified a lot of people will agree along with your weblog. 854365

  • August 13, 2016 at 8:21 am

    967183 82607Some truly nice and utilitarian info on this internet site , besides I think the layout holds wonderful features. 999028

  • August 17, 2016 at 4:15 am

    398407 49345Properly, that is great, yet consider further options weve got here? Could you mind submitting an additional article relating to them also? Many thanks! 861240