We all know how good and beneficial exercise is for a person’s overall health and wellness. It does not only keep us physically fit and intact, it also keeps our psychological health in good shape. But did you know that exercising outdoors may bring you greater benefits? It is possible. Let us find out why and how.
First, exercising outdoors helps us connect with the world around us, the world we live in. It makes us see the kind of world we are in and also provides an insight on how we should function in it. Whenever we do something, we are required to focus our attention directly on it in order to succeed. We should put our entire concentration into something. Yes, it is good for us and for what we do. But we fail to recognize is that it leaves us mentally worn out at the end of the day. When we workout outside, the natural things we see shifts our attention into something else without us even noticing entirely. It eases the mind and helps regenerate the strength we need when should concentrate again. When we exercise outdoors, we do not only tone the physical body but also reduce the stress and pressure on our minds. This routine of exercising outdoors could restore and improve the cognitive processes of the mind. When we workout outside, we do not only make the body healthy but our overall being. Such exercise in nature could improve the self-esteem as well as the mood, reduce the blood pressure, and also regulate calories.
Aside from the mental stimulation and emotional benefits, one good thing about having your exercise outdoors is that it is free. You do not have to pay some dollars for a gym membership or invest in a home gym. Taking a walk, jogging and taking a bike ride in the park costs you nothing.
Also, working out outdoors gives you the chance to be in contact with the sun’s rays thus getting enough of your much-needed Vitamin D. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D, and you could only get from the sun if you go outside. You need the D.
Of course, when you do your exercise routines outside, you could enjoy the fresh air. Can’t handle the seat and stink in the gym anymore? Then start exercising outside. Would you rather smell your co-gym goer’s sweat than the sweet scent of nature?
According to studies, exercising outside could increase your chances of continuing on with your exercising journey. We must admit that the temptation of giving up exercising is always lurking around the corner. But if you do your workouts outside, it would be easier for you to go on. The fresh air, the warm sunlight, and the wide and open space- they inspire you to not give up.
Of course, exercising outside provides less stress. Yes, there are no walls, no bulky furniture, no artificial lighting. Everything is fresh, natural, and uplifting. They clear your head of all your worries. Outdoors provide such a relaxing and soothing environment that it is like exercising and meditating fused into one.