Some studies have shown that we spend a staggering 90% of our time indoors – and that’s without taking the current lockdown into consideration! Even more worryingly, some surveys have found that three-quarters of UK children spend less time outdoors than prisoners. Needless to say, our bodies are not designed for this – without doubt, looking after your fitness should definitely be a priority.
As well as the obvious physical benefits, exercise can definitely improve your mood – and so can the environment you chose to train in. Here are four reasons to try training outdoors.
1. You’ll feel mentally revitalised
It’s been well documented that the type of environment we train in has been found to affect our mood.
A study by Thompson (2011) found that participants had decreased feelings of tension, anger and depression as well as increased energy when training in an outdoor environment.
Breathing in fresh air and absorbing the surroundings can have a huge impact on your mood and self-esteem. This can, in turn, help reduce your stress levels and lower blood pressure.
2. You’ll absorb more Vitamin D
The sunlight is another mood enhancer which helps us to produce Vitamin D. This vitamin is important for healthy bones and muscles as well as keeping your immune system strong.
Feeling fatigued and lethargic can be a sign of Vitamin D deficiency so getting outdoors can help increase your exposure to sunlight.
3. You’ll have more variety
Training in a gym can get boring and tedious, so if you find yourself stuck in a rut then why not take your training outdoors.
Exercising in a natural environment can add different challenges and will encourage you to be creative.
You can try adding hill sprints or using a park bench to do press-ups, dips or step-ups. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try a handstand up against a tree.
Using your surroundings is a super fun way to help you with your routine.
4 You’ll burn more calories
Have you ever noticed how running outdoors is much more difficult than running on a treadmill?
The type of terrain, gradient and weather can all add to the level of difficulty which means you have to work harder to counter against the conditions.
All of this has the added benefit of developing your coordination, balance and overall strength. Plus, you’ll have more time to train as you won’t be travelling back and forth to use the gym.
If you are interested in training outdoors and would like to book a taster session then please get in touch.