Are you feeling energetic these days but still aren’t really getting the activity in? Check out today’s guest post by Laura Bryan, a fitness trainer, and be inspired to make every minute of this beautiful weather count towards your health!
The warmer months of the year always seem conducive to getting fit and active again, whether it’s because the sun is finally shining outside or you’re eager to reclaim that bikini body for your holidays. As spring turns to summer, it’s a great time to shed your winter layers and grab the chance to exercise in natural surroundings, rather than being stuck at the gym. Not only can it be easier and more cost-effective, but exercising outside is proven to be healthier.
If you’re still not convinced, here’s why:
You may argue that activities such as running can just as easily be done on the workout machines without having to go outside but while this is true, there are certain advantages to good old fresh air. One of the most obvious is that you can go jogging whenever and wherever you want, without the drag of a gym membership; once you’ve set yourself up with the appropriate sports clothing and kit, many options like cycling and hiking are also low-cost or even free.
In fact, in terms of the workout itself, things like running can be more of a challenge outside, rather than doing it on the spot. Keeping alert and involved in the activity can help with concentration and stimulate the mind and body at the same time, which is definitely preferable to reading or watching television while you’re on the treadmill.
What’s more, air resistance means your body has to work up to 10% harder to propel you along, whether you’re jogging up in the hills, or just round your local park. The same goes for walking. If you want to increase the challenge, all you have to do is find some rough terrain or take a day trip into the mountains and feel your legs muscles working. You get even more cardiovascular from all those ascents and descents.
Of course, the summertime provides opportunities for exercise that don’t even feel like a chore. From a game of rounders in the park, to volleyball on the beach or even a spot of lake swimming on holiday, the good weather promotes smiles all round and makes all sorts of fun activities possible.
In addition, don’t underestimate the power of fresh air. It may sound like something your parents would say, but being out and about in the sun gives you a healthy dose of vitamin D, which builds up your bones and immune system to boot. There’s no better way to wave goodbye to seasonal blues either: vitamin D is great for combating the depression associated with being cooped up indoors on a dull winter’s day.
In these days of advanced communications and lifestyle gadgets, it’s all the more important to remember the simple needs of the human body and get out from behind that screen once in a while. Health benefits aside, taking your workout with you means you have much more freedom over what you do. So try your hand at canoeing, grab a bunch of friends and a Frisbee or just run wherever your legs want to go; it really is up to you.
About the Author
Laura Bryant is a fitness instructor who loves nothing better than getting out her sports clothing and heading outside for some exercise. From playing tennis in the sunshine to hiking up the nearby mountains, she believes that staying active and keeping healthy are key to a happy lifestyle.
What do you love to do outside? Tell us about it in the comments below!