I would just like to say to all those gym goers that have trained for years in the gym environment, ‘GET OUTSIDE!’ and expose yourself to the elements, start living and start seeing REAL results. Nothing beats it, it makes you feel alive, check out my top benefits of training outdoors.
Benefit 1 – Escape the Indoors
Research suggests that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors which is a pretty alarming. The human body and mind was never designed to spend 90% of its time secluded from the outdoor world, it is not right!
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 2 – Higher Levels of Post Exercise Endorphins
People who train outdoors experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins. Endorphins are endogenous opioid compounds that are produced in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus during exercise. They act as natural pain-relievers and produce a feeling of well being. The name endorphin derives from the words ‘endogenous’ and ‘morphine’ i.e. a morphine like substance originating from within the body. Training outdoors has been associated with higher levels of these ‘feel good’ chemicals being produced in the body.
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 3 – Invigorating
Fresh air is refreshing and invigorating. This is due in large to the rich negative ion content of fresh air. Negative ions have been linked to an improved sense of well being, increased alertness, decreased anxiety and a lower resting heart rate. Makes you feel alive!
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 4- Exercise Variety
Outdoor training allows you to perform exercise routines which are simply not possible in most gyms. Examples would include sprint training, multi-directional running and throwing.
There you go 4 reasons why you should ditch the gym and get outdoors for your fitness sessions. What are you waiting for?