10 Reasons You Should Start Working Out Outdoors

Have you lost motivation to work out? Well, you’re not alone. It happens to most people who work out at home or in the gym all the time. What if I told you that taking your work out outdoors can help you regain motivation? Would you be willing to try it? I bet you would!

In fact, that’s not all you’ll get from working out outside. Below are 10 benefits of training outside.

1. You’ll push yourself more.

We tend to push ourselves more when we work out outdoors. I instantly noticed a difference when I started working out indoors. I stopped pushing myself as much as I used to when I was working out outdoors.

Knowing that people are watching you will motivate you to do more. Enjoying the beautiful scenery also makes the workout feel easy.

2. Your mood will improve.

It’s common knowledge that exercise improves mood, but where you work out also matters.

A study that involved 2,000 physically active people concluded that working out outdoors made people 50 percent happier than training in the gym.

3. You will become more aware.

If you work out at home, chances are you’ll have the same repetitive thoughts, which can be demotivating. Going outside is proven to help people become more aware and mindful, breaking that cycle.

4. Outdoor workouts boost your energy.

You don’t have to drink a cup of coffee every time you want to feel energetic. Research shows that doing moderate exercise outdoors for 20 minutes boosts energy as much as drinking a cup of coffee.

Feel free to drink a cup of coffee before your workout, though. It will improve your performance.

5. It’s an opportunity to socialize.

Outdoor workouts are a great way to socialize, especially for those who work from home. You might even find workout partners who will motivate you when you’re feeling lazy.

Now, don’t disqualify yourself if you’re not a social person. People will be more receptive, because they’re doing the same workouts as you.

6. You will get enough sunlight.

Sun exposure is more important than you may know. Sunlight doesn’t just boost vitamin D levels, it stimulates the production of serotonin, regulates melatonin, improves brain function and much more.

Instead of walking on the treadmill, head outside to get a few extra benefits of sunlight.

7. You will enjoy the fresh air.

Indoor air can be polluted, and being sweaty only makes things worse. The fresh air outside can give you more energy and improve your workout performance.

8. You’re more likely to stay consistent.

Have you ever wondered why most people are motivated when starting a new routine but then get bored after a few days? The workouts become monotonous!

You won’t get bored with outdoor workouts, because you’ll have a different experience during every workout.

9. It’s a great way to save money.

If you usually pay for a gym membership, try working out outdoors for a month or two. You may end up loving outdoor workouts and quitting the gym—and those monthly payments—for good.

10. You will burn more calories.

People burn more calories running or walking outside than using the treadmill. Wind resistance and hilly terrain increase the calorie burn. You’re also more likely to work out for longer, since you won’t focus as much on the workout.

What do you love about working out outdoors?

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

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Thomas M
Thomas Mabout a month ago

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Angela K
Angela Kabout a month ago

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Marc S.
Marc S.about a month ago

Thank you for calling our attention to outdoor living. Here are a few more facts about the benefits of sun exposure that your readers might enjoy:
•Seventy-five percent of melanoma occurs on areas of the body that are seldom or never exposed to sun.
•Women who sunbathe regularly have half the risk of death during a 20-year period compared to those who stay indoors.
•Multiple sclerosis (MS) is highest in areas of little sunlight, and virtually disappears in areas of year-round direct sunlight like certain areas of the tropics.
•A Spanish study shows that women who seek the sun have one-eleventh the hip-fracture risk as those who avoid sun.
•Men who work outdoors have half the risk of melanoma as those who work indoors.
• An Iranian study showed that Women who avoid the sun have 10-times the risk of breast cancer as those who embrace the sun.
•Sun exposure increases nitric oxide production, which leads to a decrease in heart disease risk.
•Sun exposure dramatically improves mood through the production of serotonin and endorphin.
•Sun exposure increases the production of BDNF, essential to a properly functioning nervous system.
•Sun exposure can produce as much as 20,000 IU of vitamin D in 20 minutes of full-body sun exposure. There has also been an 8,300% increase in vitamin D

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Sonia M

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hELEN h
hELEN hEARFIELDabout a month ago

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Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vagaabout a month ago

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Anne M
Anne Moranabout a month ago

Just go for a walk.. - It's such a BEAUTIFUL time of year,, makes you glad that you're alive... - Let's go !!

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Christine D
Christine Dabout a month ago

If only Canadian summers were longer. I don't think many people would enjoy exercising outside in sub-zero temperatures. Also no Vitamin D from the sun unless your shadow is shorter than you are tall.

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