Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Benefits of Outdoor training

Outdoor Park Calisthenics

Doing outdoor training has a lot of benefits compared to training indoors or in a gym. Here is a brief list of benefits from outdoor training:
  • You get fresh, invigorating, oxygen rich air
  • Relaxing – training outdoor in oxygen rich, green nature is more relaxing and destressing
  • Scenery – there is more to see and experience when training outdoors compared to running in place in a treadmill.
  • Free – It is 100% free to train outdoors
  • Low impact ground – training outside in a park, nature or grass field is very low impact on your joints reducing the risk for injuries.
  • No waiting for equipment or using unnecessary equipment – Most gyms are packed with people especially at peak times and it isn't rare to have to wait to use the more popular/good equipment. You also won’t be tempted to use unnecessary/useless equipment (ie most machines, vibration plates and other gadgets).
  • Not boring -ie running in a stationary machine for extended moments
  • Varied terrain and wind – running and exercising outdoors gives you varied terrain such as hills, snow, mud, sand, uneven terrain and you get resistance from wind all of which increases the benefits/intensity of exercise.
  • Cold weather burns more calories and fat - making it that much easier to lose weight! Hence giving you more incentive to train outside during winter. Listen to how NASA scientist Ray Cronise lost 30 pounds in only 6 weeks by using cold exposure:

  • Vitamin D - You also get sun exposure to your skin which produces vitamin D. Vitamin D is the most common vitamin deficiency in developed countries. 50% of people in the UK are deficient in vitamin D. (1, 2)
  • Mental Health and Well being – Studies show that exercising outdoors is better for reducing tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increasing energy compared to exercising indoors. Researchers at Glasgow University found that exercising in natural environments lowered brain stress levels, including a 50% improvement in people’s mental health compared to going to the gym. 

With all these benefits, all the more reason to start training outside.

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