With Summer in full swing, it's the perfect time to mix up your routine by taking your work out outside. After all, exercising outdoors may improve energy levels and decrease stress to a greater extent than working out inside. Here are five reasons why you should ditch the gym and exercise outside.
Who wouldn’t choose fresh air outside compared to that recycled gym air? Fresh air even gives you more energy. Feeling slow during work? Step outside! Just 20 minutes of physical activity outdoors is equivalent to drinking one cup of coffee.
Switch It Up
Change is essential for the human spirit. When you exercise outside, every day your environment is a little different. Even if you run on the same path every single day, chances are the weather and surroundings are never quite the same.
Sure, the elliptical and treadmill can be a good workout, but nothing beats the complex terrain of the outdoors. Working out outside promotes "muscle confusion.” Which in return in helps build muscle and lose fat.
Do you constantly look down at your time left on your treadmill? While working out outside you’re not distracted by the clock and are focusing on your workout. It’s easy to lose track of time and exercise longer when you’re surrounded by nature.
Who doesn’t need a little more sunshine in their life?! Many Americans are not getting sufficient vitamin D because we are constantly inside. Vitamin D has been traditionally linked to bone health, but now studies have linked it to cancer, infections, and diabetes. The easiest way to get more? Get outside!
Between our computer screens and our phones, we spend the majority of our days inside lost in technology. We need to disconnect with our virtual worlds and reconnect with our surroundings. Working out outside helps clear your mind while reducing stress. Refocus on yourself while enjoying the outdoors. In return, you will be rejuvenated and ready to focus on your work and family relationships.