Spring is Here - Lets Exercise Outdoors

Karen Stevens  |  4/5/2014 3:52:57 AM

Are you tired of the same exercise regimen? Try exercising outdoors. Did you know exercising outdoors can provide many benefits? Of course, the health benefits of exercise are significant. Yet, a lack of exercise can increase the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and strokes.

Being physically active can be enjoyable and fun. So, why not try exercise outdoors. Research has proven exercising outdoors can decrease tension, confusion, anger, depression and even enhance your mood and self-esteem. Overall, exercising outdoors can boost your mental health and provide you with a pleasurable workout in the fresh spring air.

If you’re still unsure of the benefits of outdoor exercise, maybe these additional facts can prompt a change:

  • Studies have supported that exercising in a natural setting can help to increase one's quality of sleep.
  • Outdoor exercise exposes one to natural sunlight, which provides a good source of vitamin D.
  • No membership cost or special equipment is needed, just take off walking.

By now I’m sure you’ve begun to plan your next outdoor exercise adventure. While outdoors drink plenty of water, wear a sunscreen protectant, and avoid extreme temperatures.

As always, remember to check with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

References:

Berman, Stacy (2012, April 18) The Benefits of Outdoor Exercise. HuffPost Healthy Living
IIiades, Chris, MD (2009, December 9) The Benefits of Outdoor Exercise. Everyday Health

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