4 Health Benefits of Exercising Outside

In Fitness / Health, Outdoor

We all know winter can be a very gloomy time, with the sun rising and setting before you’ve had time to blink. But now that its summer, it’s finally your chance to get out in the sunshine and get some much needed exercise. Here are 4 reasons to exercise outside this summer.

Woman Exercising Outdoors

Improves your mood
Exercise itself is known to improve your mood, with the release of endorphins, but exercising outside can increase the release of endorphins tenfold. The fresh air, the sunshine (hopefully), and a little bit of nature work wonders to improve your outlook, while also getting you some much needed vitamin D.

A study carried out in 2011 found that exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression.

It won’t feel like exercise
Once you step through the doors of the gym, you know what to expect. You’re there to exercise and there’s no sugar coating it. If you exercise outside on the other hand, it might feel a little less like a chore.

Exercising outdoors has been proven to reduce your rating of perceived exertion and if you combine outdoor exercising with things you need to do, like taking the dog for a walk, socialising, or even going grocery shopping, you won’t even notice you’re working out.

You’ll burn more calories
Is has been proven that exercising outside will burn more calories than doing similar exercises in the gym. If you’re running, the varied terrain means that your body has to work harder than if it was on a flat treadmill. Cycling outside has the same effect, it puts more demand on your body, therefore burning more calories in the same amount of time.   

You’ll feel more relaxed afterwards
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to the gym and finding all the treadmills taken, or all the bikes being used, and then when they do become free, they’re more than likely covered in someone else’s sweat. Ew. All this can lead to a very stressful time at the gym.

If you are exercising outside on the other hand, everything is taken at you own pace. You won’t have to wait for anybody and the only sweat on you will be your own.
But, don’t forget when exercising outside to always ensure your safety. Wearing high visibility sportswear, like our REFLECT360 Running Jacket, can ensure that others can see you and keep out of your way!