Can you remember the last time you exercised outdoors?
What about the last time you exercised indoors?
Chances are, you remember the latter most recently. And seasonal changes are not an excuse! There are opportunities to exercise outdoors no matter the season, and being outside has many benefits that indoor workouts cannot provide.
Fill Up on Sunshine
Get a vitamin D fix every time you exercise outdoors! You will want to be mindful of the sun of course, and use proper sun protection. However, vitamin D is an essential nutrient that we get every day naturally when we are outside! All it takes is 15 minutes, which would mean just a short jog around the block.
Vitamin D is a natural mood-enhancer and also boosts the immune system. When the body and mind are nourished, they function in optimum condition and it will make exercising feel that much better.
Breathe Fresh Air
When you step outside, you give your body the chance to breathe in fresh oxygen. When we spend most of our time inside, we breathe in recycled air. Breathing is one of our body's primary detoxification systems, so it is important to give it the best quality of what it needs- oxygen.
Oxygen enters the body through our lungs, which then filters it into our bloodstream, to create energy. If you're not getting enough oxygen, your body will be unable to function and health problems can occur. Getting fresh oxygen into your body can relieve stress, reduce headaches, and increase muscle function both during a workout and as post-workout recovery!
Exercising is already known to be a stress-reliever due to the fact that it releases endorphins in the brain. Additionally, being outside helps reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, from being produced. Plus being outside is inherently soothing and reminds us to connect to something a little bigger than just ourselves.
So, what are my options for outdoor exercise?
Try Something New
If you constantly go to the same gym, for the same workout, or to the same yoga class, every week, it can be nice for your body and mind to switch things up. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new forms new connections in your brain after all! And you never know if you like something until you try, so why not step outside and see what happens? You may find something that works really well for you or that you really enjoy that you may have never tried before.
What are some of your favorite workouts?