There’s never been more reason to exercise outdoors. We all know that the combination of exercise and being outdoors is good for us, but in this day and age, it’s exceptionally good for us. So, if you ever feel self-conscious about exercising in front of others at the gym, maybe outdoor exercise is exactly what you need. Here are some major advantages to exercising outdoors.
Exercise is already known to improve mood by increasing endorphins in the body. Endorphins are best described as a the happy hormone which has a positive effect on conditions like anxiety and depression. Pairing the exercise with time in the outdoors means the body also gets a good dose of vitamin D which is also known to improve our mood. You don’t have to do anything high intensity – just a spot of gardening or a long walk is enough to enhance your mood every day.
Did you know that taking part in outdoor activities can boost your self-esteem? Studies have shown that outdoor exercise, especially in areas full of greenery or water, can significantly boost self-esteem. There’s even more good news! The results of these studies have also shown that the exercise intensity is better for your self-esteem when its moderate to low, rather than high. So, exercises like cycling or horse riding are ideal.
It Doesn’t Cost Much
Getting a monthly or yearly gym membership can be costly, and when you can’t get to the gym it’s just money down the drain. Exercising in the outdoors costs very little, if nothing at all. The most you’d have to spend is the cost of your workout clothes and the rest is usually free. You could even take ice packs for cool bags with you to keep your own drinks cool, instead of stopping at a cafe while you’re out.
There Aren’t Closing Times
Life is so busy. You need somewhere to exercise that’s open 24/7. Perhaps you have to exercise early in the morning or late at night. Perhaps you can only get to the gym at peak times when you have to get in line to use a machine or queue to use the showers. The great outdoors is there to welcome you whenever you find the time, so you don’t have to worry about traffic congestion or bumping into someone you don’t want to see.
Back to Basics
It’s easy to forget the important things in life. Exercising in the outdoors forces you to reevaluate everything. Suddenly you’re back to connecting with mother nature and with it comes a chat with your neighbour on your way back from a run or stop at the local grocery store. Getting back to basics increases your level of community spirit and opens doors you thought were shut long ago. Being outdoors can take you back to a simpler, healthier way of living that we often miss out on these days.
The hardest part of outdoor exercise is motivating yourself to do it, but once you do, you won’t regret it.