6 Mental & Physical Heath Benefits of Outdoor Workouts
What's better than getting your sweat on and beating your personal record? Doing it outdoors! Don't get us wrong. Getting off the couch and getting SOME movement every day is a win by itself. However, working out outdoors can make you feel more energized, more motivated and happier - and that's a win we all strive for.
Are you curious about how exactly you can benefit from outdoor exercises? Then take a look at six reasons why you should do an outdoor workout today.
#1: Blue-sky exercise improves your overall well-being.
We're wired to coexist with nature. Studies have shown that spending at least 120 minutes per week in nature supports good health and well-being. The natural increase in dopamine and serotonin increases your perception and gives you better clarity. So, no matter what kind of exercise you have planned for today, it will make you feel more connected with Mother Nature.
#2: Outdoor workouts are natural antidepressants.
Moving your workout outdoors will provide you with an exceptional amount of fresh air and sunshine. Our mothers were right to send us outside. According to information from the National Institutes of Health, exposure to sunlight enhances the body’s vitamin D production. Studies have shown that vitamin D plays an essential role in regulating mood swings and preventing depression. Research also supports that people’s brains have higher serotonin levels on sunny days. Serotonin, the body’s natural mood stabilizer, helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. So, your workout itself doesn’t only improve your mood by increasing your endorphins level, but the exposure to the sun will also lift your spirits.
#3: Physical outdoor activities can help with insomnia.
Outdoor exercise influences sleep in more ways than one. The main reason for this is the benefit of fresh air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air – especially if you live in large cities or metropolitan areas. Inhaling fresh air cleans your lungs from many airborne toxins and helps you sleep better. Fresh air combined with regular exercise and regulated breathing enables you to fall asleep quicker and improves your sleep quality.
#4: Outdoor exercise lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.
Research has shown that outdoor workouts can lower blood pressure and heart rate levels. That’s not only beneficial for your next annual checkup but also makes your activity feel less strenuous. This helps you push closer to your maximum performance and reach your fitness goals faster. We see your next personal record in the near future!
#5: Outdoor exercises challenge your body.
According to the American Council on Exercise, outdoor terrain and environments constantly challenge your mind and body. To keep up the activity at a consistent pace, your need to adapt to your changing surroundings makes your body and mind work harder than similar moves in a static indoor environment, as several studies, including one published in Environmental Science and Technology, suggest.
#6: Outside activities let you work out longer and harder.
Green workouts distract you from your efforts and push you harder, which can result in new personal records and more burned calories. A review of outdoor activity studies concluded that being active in the fresh air reduces perceived effort and allows individuals to work at higher workloads, which can ultimately increase your amount of physical activity and motivation.
Ultimately, we believe working out outdoors is the best way to break a sweat! Whether you’re tuning in to a virtual workout from your garage or backyard or you come to an in-person workout with your CG Community, let’s #TakeItOutside together!