Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

July 8, 2013

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The weather is getting warmer and everyone is starting to spend more time outdoors, so why not take your workout outside as well? There are tons of things you can do outside to get a good workout in such as running, hiking, cycling, walking, playing a sport, swimming and much more. There are many difference between working out inside versus outside. When you workout inside a gym, usually it is climate controlled, convenient and predictable, which is definitely not the case for working out outdoors. Besides the differences in taking your working from indoors to outdoors, working out outside can actual have benefits over working out inside. For example, runners who run outside exert more energy than those who run inside. This is because of outdoor obstacles such as wind and changes in terrain which cause you to expend more than you would by running at the same speed with the same resistance and the same incline that you would on a treadmill. In addition to using more energy, being outdoors is also more psychologically pleasing. According to New York Times, those who took their physical activity outdoors ranked higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self esteem in comparison to those who worked out inside. Finally, there is also speculation that the sunlight absorbed from being outdoors can play a part in your mood, as well as a good source of Vitamin D. For more reasons why you should take your routine outside visit this article. 

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