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3 Reasons to Start an Outdoor Exercise Routine

By Genevieve Cunningham

No matter how you choose to exercise, moving your body is the right choice. You're already headed in the right direction if exercise is a part of your routine. But there are always ways to improve your routine -- and luckily, some improvements are really easy! If you're interested in making your exercise routine a bit more challenging and maybe even a bit more fun, take a look at why you should take your routine outdoors as soon as you can. 

You Get to Meet Many Health Needs

Getting outside is important to multiple aspects of your health. It's not just about the physical aspect, though that's certainly important. For the physical aspect, working out outside allows you to breathe fresh air and soak in some sun. But spending time outside is also a huge boost to your mental well-being. Research suggests that those who regularly take nature walks are overall happier than their peers. We need the outdoors for every part of our health and for overall balance. If possible, why not bring benefits to every aspect of your health all at once?

You Get to Use Your Surroundings

Another great reason to work out outside is because of the surroundings. The outdoors makes it really tough! If you're running, you can use the natural incline of the ground to make it more difficult. The sun and wind and uneven terrain also increases the challenge. Instead of equipment in the gym, you can use nature trails, ropes tied to tree limbs, open fields, and all sorts of natural options to change your workout, keep it interesting, and challenge yourself like never before. 

You Get to Experience Nature

We all need to experience nature. We need to hear the birds chirp, feel the wind blow, and feel the sun on our face. We need to step in the shade for some rest. We need to be exposed to the natural beauty of the world. It's therapeutic to get in nature, and it's something we need to do to feel happy, fulfilled, and well balanced. Take your workout outside to gain benefits to every aspect of your health all at once. It's a win-win situation. 

Just like exercise, getting outside regularly is an important part of living a healthy life. So why not do both at once? Take your routine outdoors for fresh air, a new challenge, and a wonderful change of pace. An outdoor exercise routine can do your body, mind, and soul a lot of good, so put on some shoes and sunscreen and get moving. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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