The Benefits of Fresh Air When Exercising
By Sara Butler
Physical activity, no matter how you get it, is healthy for the body. But there are specific benefits to taking your workout outdoors. It’s a great way to boost your activity level and boost mood, but the benefits don’t stop there! Here are a few of the ways exercising outside can make exercise even better for your overall health and wellness!
When you’re outside running or walking, it’s easier to control your pace. Often, people move faster outside on their own two feet or bike than they do in a more controlled environment, such as indoor on a treadmill or stationary bike.
It’s a Little Easier
When comparing outdoor exercise with indoor exercise, it’s perceived by people as being easier. That is part of why you will move faster when you’re outside, because you simply find the task easier when you take it outside. People also find their workouts easier to complete, probably because getting outside and taking in the sights isn’t as boring as staring at the wall at the gym.
Speaking of perception -- your perception of effort when exercising is kind of a big deal. When you’re in a green environment, it’s much easier to perceive what you’re doing as taking less effort than when you are inside. You find the activity you’re participating in much more enjoyable, too.
When you’re outside, you’re simply having more fun than you would be if you were inside. Plus, it gives you more of an opportunity to engage with other people than running on the treadmill at the gym. And that increased social aspect will push you to go harder, too, simply because you have social motivations pushing you to complete your task at your best. Basically, you want to look good!
Studies have shown that physical activities in natural and green environments help you to feel revitalized and rejuvenated. It engages you in your environment in a positive way, too. Plus, you’ll feel better about yourself while exercising outside. Improved self-esteem has been linked to outdoor activity, with a reduction in negative moods such as anger, depression, and tension being lessened simply by being outdoors.
On a physical and mental health note, exercise outside is just good for you. Green spaces have been found to support improved physical health both objectively and subjectively, so your sense of well-being is improved right along with your immune system, heart health, and recovery time. You may also feel the stress and anxiety just melt away too.
Fresh air can take your fitness to the next level, so get outside and get active today!
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