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Why Exercising Outdoors Is the Best Choice for Your Health and Fitness

by | Last updated: 28 de December de 2023 | Published: 12 de May de 2022

Take your exercise outdoors and you will see that during the first 10 minutes, there will be an increase in self-esteem and an improvement in mood. This goes for whatever activity you decide to do.

It`s important to know the benefits of sport. By adding nature, fresh air and sunshine to that, you have a complete healthy workout. Now that the good weather is here, you can combine exercise with outdoor activities to keep yourself physically and mentally in top shape.

Take Your Exercise Outdoors

10 Reasons to Exercise Outside:

Yoga Pose Outdoors

Outdoor Exercise Can Boost Your Body, Mind & Mood

Take Your Exercise Outdoors And Get Your Vitamin D from Sunlight 

Vitamin D

By simply getting outside for a few minutes each day, your body will receive vitamin D, bringing enormous health benefits. If you live somewhere without much sun, you can also eat foods rich in vitamin D or take a supplement.

Vitamin D is considered a “steroid hormone” that regulates the level of calcium, phosphorus and bone growth. Vitamin D also improves hormone synthesis, improves bone health, boosts immunity,  and increases energy levels and even mood.

It is estimated that a high percentage of the population and surprisingly in Spain also have vitamin D deficiencies.

Vitamin D helps prevent chronic illness and cardiovascular diseases.

 Go Outside And Exercise, You Feel Better  About Yourself

As little as 10 minutes of outdoor exercise can improve your self-esteem. This is especially true if you’re near water or green space. Rather than high-intensity exercise, try more relaxed activities like yoga, walking or taking a bike ride.

 

Take Your Exercise Outdoors and Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

Improve your cardiovascular health by practising sports in the open air. This makes the body undergo greater effort. The resistance of the air and the wind together imply a greater expenditure of energy for the movement than in a closed place. In this sense, more calories will be burned, which will favour improving cardiovascular health.


 Outdoor Exercise Will Improve Your Sleep

The outdoor light helps set and improve your sleep cycle. Cells in your eyes need enough light to get your body’s internal clock working correctly. In particular, early morning sunlight seems to help people get a better night’s sleep. This may be more important as you age. When you’re older, your eyes are less able to absorb light, and you’re more likely to have problems with sleep.

 

Keeping Active Outdoors Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Reduce your stress and anxiety: From running to yoga, just about any kind of exercise practised outdoors can relieve stress and anxiety.
Exercise can also improve sleep quality, increase your energy levels and reduce stress.
Exercise has been shown to increase self-confidence and improve both memory and concentration.

Plus training outdoors offers all these benefits without the risk of serious side effects. It has been said that, if exercise were a pill, it would be prescribed to every patient by every doctor. So even if you’re not an athlete or out of shape, a little exercise goes a long way in managing stress and anxiety.

Stay Active

Staying active can increase levels of feel-good endorphins and this can distract you from your everyday worries.

Stress

Think about the feelings you experience when you feel stressed. How your body tenses, your heart races, you sweat, you become short of breath. Interestingly, these are the similar feelings you often experience when you work up a sweat while exercising. Therefore it is another way to expose people to anxiety symptoms. This is of course, in a safe and controlled manner that can help you become less sensitive to these symptoms and help with recovery from stress and anxiety.

Plying tennis in the late evening
you boy playing tennis and hitting the ball with the raquet

 

Sports can be practised outdoors during the day or a night.

 

Take Your Exercise Program Outdoors:

The outdoors belongs to all of us. “You don’t need any special equipment either unless you’re in a club and playing sports such as tennis or padel or football.
In general, you do not have to pay to do exercise outdoors, its free.,although some activities indeed require a certain investment (for example, skiing or cycling), as long as you feel up to it, you can go out and do some exercise such as yoga, walking or running. The best thing is that you can start and finish when you decide, you are your own coach and you set the guidelines and limits. Yoga or walking is not only free but very relaxing.

Exercise Outdoors and Breath in that Fresh Air

The sun, the fresh air, the interaction with nature, the animals and the contact with the seawater. All of these give you the possibility of breaking with the daily routine of work-home-work: they make our body “breathe” properly in a natural environment.

Outdoor Activity Helps Treat Mental Illness

The combination of exercise and exposure to nature could be used as a powerful tool in fighting mental illness. It can help fight the growing incidence of both physical and psychological well-being. Exercise may provide a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.  Exercising outdoors can also be a great opportunity to make friends and socialise.
Exercise has been shown to cause changes in certain chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel good” chemical messengers that help relieve pain and stress during exercise.

What is Mental illness?

Everybody at some point experience a range of feelings that come and go; nervousness, happiness, excitement, sadness and anger. But sometimes those negative emotions do not go away and can start to impact important parts of our lives, such as the ability to perform at school or work. Because we cannot see mental illness in the same way that we see physical illness, some people might find mental illness difficult to talk about.

Remember just like e visit to a dentist with a toothache, or a physiotherapist for a sports injury, it is equally important that just like with a broken bone, we get the right treatment and support. Therefore it is important to visit a therapist or psychologist to help recover from a mental illness and live happy healthy lives.

Just like with physical illnesses, people experiencing mental illness often find it harder to engage in exercise and, on average, they spend more time sedentary (sitting or lying down).
Poor physical health can in turn be associated with poor mental health.

Several studies, including one published in Environmental Science and Technology in 2011, suggest exercise outdoors benefited mental well-being more than the same type of exercise inside.

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es102947t

 

 

YOGA ON THE BEACH OF MENORCA

Exercise Outdoors!

Yoga practice outdoors leads to independence and the cultivation of inner strength that allows you to deepen your practice and engage more fully. Initially, you will have to focus your mind, minimizing distractions and concentrating on maintaining poses, while you strengthen your muscles and improve your balance.

Outdoor Exercise will help you meet new people

By training in open spaces, it is easier to interact with more people with whom you share common interests, such as walking or sports. Meeting new people and socializing help to see exercise as fun.

It’s More fun Outdoors

Apart from it being more fun, you have varied options. The fact of being in open spaces offers the possibility of putting an end to monotonous exercises and you can carry out different types of more innovative and curious activities. The sport will become very entertaining!

What you need to take into consideration before you take up exercise outdoors

If you have any health issues you will need to talk to your doctor before starting an outdoor fitness program.

Exercise early in the morning

In the morning your energy is higher, the air is generally cleaner, and the temperature is lower. It will help you concentrate and focus better throughout the day. People are also often more tired in the evenings.

Avoid working out in extreme temperatures:

Although your body is capable of adapting to colder or warmer weather, you should avoid exercising outside in extreme heat or cold. In warmer climates, you will need to watch for signs of overheating. These include headaches, nausea, cramping, dizziness, faintness, or palpitations.

Remember to warm up and cool down:

Take five to 10 minutes to warm up and cool down properly. Start slowly and boost your activity level gradually unless you are already exercising frequently and vigorously. Slow down with some gentle relaxing stretches.

Stay Hydrated:

 Most important, drink 1-2 glasses of water 30 minutes before exercising outdoors, it should hydrate you sufficiently for a 20 – 30-minute workout. You don’t need water with electrolytes in most cases. Remember that you can lose water through sweating, so you will need to drink even in cooler weather.

Wear comfortable clothing: Comfortable cotton clothing is perfect for exercising outdoors. You will need decent footwear depending on the activity. wear layers you can peel off as you warm up.

Don’t get injured:

Be aware not to train too hard or too often as it can cause overuse injuries like stress fractures, stiff or sore joints and muscles, and inflamed ligaments and tendons.

Make outdoor fitness part of your lifestyle. “You can learn all kinds of exercises that use only bodyweight and gravity so you can do them while you are walking.

If you are interested in getting enough energy for your workout, take a lot at my recipe section. There you will find nutritious plant-based meals that will provide you with all the energy you need for your workout. Here is the link: https://dishingoutplants.com/vegan-food-recipes/

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