5 BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR WORKOUTS:
LOW COST – The garden, a local park or any safe outdoor space is all you need for a great outdoor workout. Even better with us having the home workout Hub, hit play and workout with us! However, always remember to check the area is safe for you to workout in before you start.
PROVIDES MENTAL RELIEF – When able to workout outside it provides more of a play feel instead of a chore to get the workout done. Plus the change of scenery from the walls of our homes gives us a great break to reset and come back energised both physically and mentally from the workout.
A NATURAL ANTIDEPRESSANT – Outdoor workouts help ward off seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety and depression as sunshine increases serotonin levels naturally, which is a hormone that affects mood. Also, exercise produces endorphins which are another feel-good hormone to boost mood and reduce pain.
CHALLENGES YOUR BODY – Working out on a flat surface in a gym is great, but the mixed terrain of exercising outside challenges your body more, enhancing your outdoor workouts and your results.
ENHANCES SELF-ESTEEM – Activities shown to improve self-esteem are walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing and that’s just naming a few! Outdoor locations near greenery or water have been known to provide the biggest boost to self-esteem. Low – moderate-intensity exercise provides the greatest improvement to self-esteem. So adding a regular dose of outdoor exercise will give a powerful mood-boosting extra to your exercise.
CLOTHING – There is no bad weather, just bad preparation. A wet rainy day can be great for running in, but it can also be difficult to rewarm if you stay out. Likewise, heading out in a jumper can cause you to overheat shortly after starting a run in the sun. It’s better to wear several layers and control your heat by removing them than not being prepared. You should, however, manage this based on your expected exercise time and duration you’re going to be exercising for.
SUN PROTECTION – remember your SPF, sunglasses and a hat, regardless of skin tone. Also if you ‘start to feel queasy, seek shade immediately’
RUNNING OR WALKING SHOES WITH GOOD SUPPORT – this will help support the body from injury.
WATER – when outside a great rule to follow is to take on 4 to 6 sips of water every 15-20 minutes.
Outdoor exercise can provide you with environmental variety, stress relief and sunshine (sometimes), helping you to feel great. So keep enjoying the outside exercise, even when the gyms reopen.