Spending so much time among the four walls of apartments, offices, and transport, you want to grab every opportunity to be in the open space. You can combine the pleasant with the useful by organizing a workout in the fresh air. Once you get started, you'll immediately see a lot of advantages over working out in the gym.
What are the benefits of outdoor training?
According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people who took walks outside scored better on tests that measure vitality and energy, and less on anger and depression than those who walked the same distance on a treadmill in the gym.
- diversifies your workouts;
- lifts your mood;
- accelerates the metabolism, saturation of the body with oxygen;
- stimulates the production of endorphins;
- increases stamina;
- improves sleep.
Your body will make up for vitamin D deficiency
Outdoor activities guarantee an additional dose of vitamin D, which strengthens the body's immune system, helps absorb calcium, strengthens bones, protects against certain types of cancer, heart disease, and improves mood. Even a couple of half-hour sets a week in the Open will provide a sufficient dose of "sun vitamin".
You will become more confident in yourself
Already in 2010, researchers at the University of Essex proved that even 5 minutes of outdoor activities can improve mood and increase self-esteem. In addition, outdoor sports are associated with increased self-motivation, have a positive effect on strong-willed qualities, self-affirmation, inner strength, and the desire to resist challenges.
You'll lose extra calories
When working out in an open area, you encounter many factors that attract attention, forcing you to focus less on fatigue and muscle pain, which imperceptibly allows you to continue training. In addition, on the street you need to spend energy on overcoming the wind, terrain features, etc.scientists estimate that this burns about 10% of calories additionally.