Exercise has been proven to do wonders for our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. We're all familiar with the advantages of hitting the gym or going for a run around the neighborhood, but you might be surprised by how much more there is to gain from outdoor exercise.
So grab your running shoes and your headphones and let's go!
1. Improves mood
Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and energy levels, especially if you’re feeling down. It can help reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, pain and fatigue.
If you have trouble sleeping at night or are just generally tired during the day due to lack of sleep (insomnia), exercise may help improve this for you.
Exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality by reducing cortisol levels in people with insomnia as well as increasing slow wave sleep (the kind that helps us feel refreshed).
2. Increases vitamin d intake
Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and teeth. It can be absorbed through the skin and found in foods like fish, eggs and dairy products. Some people need more vitamin D than others because of their age or medical condition.
Talk to your doctor about whether you need to take extra vitamin D or if you should avoid taking it altogether.
3. Reduces stress
Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins—the same chemicals that help mitigate pain. As a result, you may sleep better at night and feel less anxious or stressed out during the day.
Many people find that exercising helps them manage stressors in their lives better than other methods like meditation or talking to friends about their feelings.
4. Lowers blood pressure & heart rate
When you exercise, your heart pumps blood more efficiently. You may notice that your heart rate and breathing get lower, too. This is because your body is getting more oxygen during exercise. As you start to breathe faster and more deeply, your body sends a signal to the brain that it needs more oxygen. This can lead to a feeling of wellness throughout your day.
5. Burns calories/Helps weight management
Exercise can help you lose weight. The more intense the exercise, the more calories it burns. And the more often and for how long you do it, the more calories your body will burn over time.
The most significant benefit of outdoor exercise is its ability to help people lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce body fat while simultaneously improving your health and fitness level. Outdoor activities such as running or cycling also offer an opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy some sunshine while working out at the same time!
6. Easier to keep up a routine
Easier to keep up a routine. Imagine it's your day off from work and you have no plans for the day. You think, "I should go for a run," but then you decide against it because your neighborhood is kind of boring and it's drizzling outside. Now imagine that same scenario, but replace "running" with something else—like gardening or biking or whatever else makes sense for you.
You might be more likely to find yourself doing it because outdoor activities are more convenient than indoor ones, which means they're easier to fit into your schedule no matter what day of the week or time of year.
Less expensive than indoor exercise options like gyms and personal trainers (if you don't already have access). While these things may save money over time by eliminating gym membership fees and reducing health care costs later in life, starting an outdoor workout routine can save some money up front too!
Consider buying secondhand equipment when possible; outdoorsy people tend not worry much about what their gear looks like anyway (unless they're mountaineers who need extra durable boots), so used stuff tends to look just fine on them!
7. Improves sleep quality
Improve sleep quality:
One of the most important benefits of outdoor exercise is that it can improve your sleep quality. In fact, according to research from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, 75% of people who exercise regularly report better sleep than those who don't work out. This makes sense considering how much stress and anxiety is released during a workout. Regular physical activity has also been shown to reduce depression and anxiety in people with chronic pain conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia because it releases endorphins—the body's natural painkillers.
Improve mental health:
Another benefit of outdoor exercise is that it can help improve mental health. A study published in the medical journal Lancet found that just 30 minutes per week could be enough for some people to experience improvements in their mental well-being.*
I hope you’ve learned a few things about the benefits of spending time outside! There’s no better way to get fresh air, hit your fitness goals, and have fun with friends and family. So grab your sneakers, put on some sunscreen (don’t forget your hat!), lather up in bug spray--whatever it takes--and let’s go play outside!
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