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Reasons to Exercise Outside

By Rachel Carver

Summer is the perfect time to incorporate outdoor workouts into your exercise routine. Spending time in nature reduces stress and can improve mood. And outdoor workouts have perks that cannot be found in a gym.

Here are some reasons to exercise outside.

It's More Dynamic

A recent study tracked a group who exercised inside and a separate group that went outside. The group who walked outside had more fun and did not experience the fatigue of the inside group.

Spending time outdoors in a beautiful park or natural space relaxes you, which makes the exercise seem easier. Hot weather means you'll want to complete outdoor workouts in the early morning or late evening.

You'll Get Sunlight

Many people do not get enough of the natural sunlight we all need. Outdoor workouts can boost your Vitamin D intake. Studies suggest sunlight can help prevent obesity and diabetes. Natural sunlight also helps keep your circadian rhythm set correctly and increases melatonin production at night for better sleep.

Switch It Up

Outdoor workouts give you a great chance to shake things up. You can head to a park and put together a quick workout with available resources. The lack of cardio machines and dumbbells will force you to get creative. Bodyweight movements will help you learn more about your strengths without the distraction of a mirror.

Incorporate these summer workouts into your exercise routine.

Cycling - Find a fun biking trail with a scenic view. Start with shorter rides, and work your way up to longer ones. Make sure your bike has a light if you ride at night.

Walking - Regular walks can help with weight loss, decrease stress, and improve overall health. You can practice interval walking, slowing down and speeding up in one-minute or 30-second intervals.

Swimming - The pool is a great place to be on a hot day. Find a pool that allows you to swim laps. Even pool activities such as treading water can strengthen muscles and burn calories.

Remember to hydrate regularly during outdoor summer workouts. Dress in lightweight clothing and hat. The warm temperature combined with exercise will raise your body temperature quickly. Make sure to always wear sun screen to avoid sunburn.

Head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find more helpful workout information. And, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, The Joint's affordable pricing and walk-in visits make care accessible to everyone.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.

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