Every type of exercise is welcomed whether it is indoor or outdoor, cardio or strength, it doesn’t matter as long as you exercise. According to a recent study, it was shown that outdoor exercise is actually more beneficial than indoor exercise. The study showed that outdoor activity had 50 percent better positive effect, then going to the gym.
The research done here shows that exercising outside or being surrounded by nature and doing activities such as walking running or biking through green space will reduce your stress levels.

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Benefits

Participants who participated in studies such as the ones we said above have all reported a number of benefits since they changed the environment in which they exercised. They reported that they felt revitalization, decreased anger, and increased energy. Studies done on kids also suggest that even just spending more time outside, decreases obesity in kids. Another of the perks of workout outside is the absorption of Vitamin D through the sun. Vitamin D is one of the vitamins responsible for strong bones and a healthy immune system.

A man running in Central Park in autumn

Most of us workout for the physical benefits of it, but people often forget the mental boost that comes from exercising. Since most of us work in offices and are forced to sit at a desk all day we often neglect our inner animal, and this is the reason why nature is actually our workout buddy. Participants in studies have reported decreased confusion, anger, depression and tension when exercising outdoor compared to exercising indoor. People who workout outdoor are more likely to repeat the workout opposed to those that workout indoor.
Creating exercise habit is the hardest part, so finding a habit that you enjoy can be crucial. That little positive feeling you have when outside might be a crucial factor in creating the right habit.

At the end, the most important part for your overall health is actually working out. And mixing it up with outdoor and indoor exercising may be the most beneficial for you. Staying motivated and mixing it up to keep exercising exciting will only help you achieve your desired results.


12 Comments

Jeanine · June 27, 2017 at 1:44 am

Love this. I do my morning walk/run outside and I love it. I love the connection with nature and the fresh air. So much nicer than a treadmill.

Jen · June 27, 2017 at 1:47 am

I definitely prefer exercising outside! Much better views than in a gym!

AdultingForMillennials · June 27, 2017 at 2:35 am

Great information! makes me want to get out a run!

Collette · June 27, 2017 at 4:58 am

That is such a good point about how this would have mental benefits! There are so many times I wish I was outside while I am working out because I want to enjoy the beautiful day so I usually still end up at least taking a walk before or after. It can be so calming just to be away from everything in nature!

R. Alexandria · June 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm

I love working outdoors when it’s not too hot. But yesterday I ran into a skunk so I might have to go back in the gym lol

Ania Travels · June 27, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Great information. I injured my knee a few years ago that makes it difficult for me to run outside, but I sure love doing other outdoor activities.

Ana De- Jesus · June 28, 2017 at 12:17 am

I find that going outside even just for fresh air helps me gain clarity and allows me to feel better. I completely agree that it is very good for anxiety and depression, not a cure but a measure that can help us feel that little bit better x

Louise · June 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

We definitely feel like we’re lacking in vitamin D, but I never think of working out outdoors. I’m going to try this over the summer 🙂

Louise x

London Mumma · June 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

I adore working out, outdoors! Nothing better than to get fresh air in to your lungs and on your skin.

Nay · July 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

I much prefer exercising outside and I find gyms stuffy and hot. I love running in the fresh air, rain or shine. It gives me time to think.

Claire · July 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm

I love jogging outdoors. It’s one of my favorite way of working out. I used to be on the track team, for long distance, and I remember I would always run 3miles or more (jogging around parks and neighborhoods)!

Jade Braham · July 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

This is great! I don’t exercise much but when I do it’s usually inside! but next time i’ll take it outside get some fresh air! 🙂

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