The sun is out, nice weather is on it's way and it's time to take advantage of this beautiful time of year. If you are like me, the winter months can put a damper on your spirit and mood. Going to the gym in the cold to get sweaty then go back out into the cold is not one of the funnest moments. Plus being stuck inside all day can really make motivation dwindle. However, the summer months can put life back into your fitness routine and give you that motivation you need to stick with your training!
Exercising outdoors has many physical and mental health benefits that will improve the quality of your training and overall well-being, but here are seven awesome reasons to get outside and enjoy the outdoors !
1.) The sun is shining and your getting your Vitamin D which will increase your mood and energy levels ! Two positive things that training outdoors can do. Not to mention that gyms can sometimes be dark and gloomy. By training outside you can add variety to your training and increase your intensity because it is more "fun" than traditional cardio.
We’ve all done it: wasted a little too much of our training time studying our reflections and taking gym selfies. But not only can mirrors be a distraction, they may also hinder your form. It’s cheap! No need for expensive memberships or equipment when you’re in the great outdoors. In the warmer months, all you need is your bodyweight and a park bench or a wooded trail to give you a killer workout. Not to mention that you now have NO excuse to workout because the universe created the best gym and it's right in your backyard.
3.) You can get creative when training outside. Make working out fun again by challenging yourself to explore your local playground for possible workout equipment. I’m a big advocate of getting outside to train. Structures such as park benches, picnic tables, stairs, trees, and hills can be used as props to enhance the workout. You can add variety and train like a kid again using the monkey bars, climbing a tree or just exploring a trail run!
4.) Training outdoors can connect you to nature. By being one with the outdoors, you will experience more positive energy and calmness. Ever take a walk in the sun and feel at peace? That is your time with the universe to hold onto your serenity.
5.) Make it a social event. Connecting with friends outside the gym is great for motivation and creating a positive environment. Everyone can enjoy the company of friends while taking time to get in a great workout. Surrounding yourself with people of similar interest is key to sticking to a program.
6.) You have the potential to burn more calories.Running outside means no speed controls; however, the natural terrain combined with the wind causes more resistance than a treadmill.To make your route even tougher, you can incorporate hills and stairs. Add in sprints to your routine or even tabatas every mile!
7.)No mirrors. We’ve all done it: wasted a little too much of our training time studying our reflections and taking gym selfies. But not only can mirrors be a distraction, they may also hinder your form. When working outside, you’ll be more focused on how you feel rather than how you look. This can be your BIGGEST benefit. I know that how i appear in the mirror can influence my training. Without a mirror to get in my way I have more control over how I feel vs. how I look !