I enjoy training at the gym because I see my friends and we empower each other, but during the weekend and the days that I don’t hit the gym I like to enjoy nature, see different landscapes, enjoy fresh air….
Outdoor exercising, also called “Green Exercise”, can be as simple as walking outside, to bicycle riding, hiking, rope skipping, running… It is effective, it can be more fun and has appealing advantages:
1- Fresh air
Outdoor training brings you fresh air, it is revitalizing and energizing. When exercising outdoors, you will improve your sense of well-being , increase alertness, you will sense decreased anxiety and lower resting heart rate.
Sunlight gives our bodies a much-needed dose of vitamin D, a ‘superstar’ nutrient which helps promote the absorption of calcium and provides strength to bones.
3- Mental Stimulation
When exercising outdoor your mind becomes more aware of the changing terrain, your mind has to focus differently than at the gym.
4- Tone your whole body
During your outdoor training, you get off your routine and face different terrain, which will make different muscles work and lead to physical benefits.
5- Psychological Benefits
Studies show that when training outside, people are more enthusiastic, they show higher self-esteem, lower tension and depression levels.
Fresh air and increased oxygen helps release the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin, meaning your outdoor training sessions not only help keep you fit and healthy, they put you in a fantastic mood too.
And not much time is required to reap these psychological benefit, the first five minutes of green exercise show the greatest psychological benefit.
To help you get started with outdoor training, wake up early when it’s still not too hot, your energy is higher and the air is generally clean.
And don’t forget to drink enough water, you don’t want to get dehydrated!