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5 Benefits Of Outdoor Exercise

If we didn’t convince you to ditch the gym and get outdoors in one of our recent articles here at Womenslifelink, then what we say today may change your mind. There are benefits of outdoor exercise that you just can’t get in a sweaty gym, or from a workout video. The following are just a few of them.

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise #1: Boosts Happiness 

Don’t just take our word for it; according to the New York Times, outdoor exercise is the best way to improve your mood. They have links to actual scientific studies to prove it! With fresh air, sunlight, and beautiful scenery, It’s hard not feel good. This phenomenon is more than a physical input of outside stimuli, it actually affects your emotions, nerves, and spirit.

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise #2: Discovering Nature

Sure, you can use an exercise bike at the gym, but that doesn’t beat the thrill of cycling somewhere breathtakingly scenic in the great outdoors. And, you can use the treadmill, but that can’t compare to running alongside the beautiful landscapes of the natural world. I get that indoor climbing wall might be more convenient, but imagine the majestic views ahead after climbing mountainsides and rock faces in the real world. Keep in mind, however, you will need some quality equipment for outdoor exercise. Sites like ClimbThatRock can help to prepare you for your adventures. 

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise #3: Outdoor Exercise Is Virtually Free

Let’s face it; gym memberships are expensive. For the most part, you don’t need to pay anything to exercise outdoors. From beaches to parks, you can run, cycle, jog, and even do cartwheels if you fancy. Though you might do a state park pass, fee for a public pool, or invest in some outdoor equipment, think about how much you will save by taking things outside. 

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise #4: It’s Good for Your Health

Well, that’s a no-brainer, as any exercise is good for your health. But there is one advantage to being outdoors, and that’s the sun. This is your best source of Vitamin D, which is essential for bone strength and can offer you protection from certain kinds of cancer. To learn more about the health benefits of Vitamin D and the sun, check out the article at MedicalDaily for their researched information.

Benefits of Outdoor Exercise #5: It’s More Flexible

If you’re a busy bee, with work and family commitments, it may be difficult to get to the gym on a regular basis. But as we have stated, you don’t need the gym! You can balance exercise with the rest of your life and do it outdoors. You could walk or cycle to work instead of taking the bus or car. You can exercise when you walk the dog around the park. If you have kids, get outdoors and play frisbee or tag, or any other game that keeps you fit. If you’re meeting up with friends, go for a walk and chat, rather than a ‘sit and chat.’ You can fit exercise in almost anywhere within your regular routine. When the weather is cold and wet, then yes, feel free to exercise at home or at the gym. But when the weather is pleasant, get outdoors. 

 



 

About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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