Spring starts March 20th (yay!) which means it’s time to take your workouts outdoors. The perfect way to do that?
Working out outdoors has been proven to be better for your workout.
- Studies suggest that people burn up to 12 per cent more calories outside (in a cooler environment) than indoors because their body has to work to keep warm.
- The sun, even when it isn’t shining bright, provides Vitamin D which boosts the absorption of calcium for strong bones, teeth and gums.
- Sunny weather boosts mood, which will boost motivation, helping you work out harder, better and faster.
- A change of scenery has been shown to increase the intensity at which people workout. The same machines and crowds can drain your energy and make you dread the same old workout. Mixing it up, and getting out in the open will get you excited about fitness again.
- Research shows being outside by itself is enough to reduce stress, but combine that with a workout which also blasts tension, you will be more relaxed and ready for your day than after a typical gym workout.
- Gyms are full of germs, stale air and allergens, no matter how diligent the staff is with their cleaning. Being outside gives you fresh oxygen straight from the plants, which, except for those of you who suffer from seasonal allergies, will offer easier breathing.
- The best way to break through a plateau is to switch up your modes of exercise. Instead of swapping the treadmill for the elliptical, head outside. The out doors is filled with numerous pieces of equipment, handed to you from Mother Nature herself. Hills, stairs, trails, benches, logs and ropes are enough to kick your routine into high gear. Get creative, or get the creativity straight from us by signing up!
Morning or evening, whatever your schedule, you have a chance to get outside, get some fresh air and reach your goals. Whether you’ve never done a boot camp or class in your life, or hibernated in the gym for the winter, it’s time to get back outside!