Summer is here, so get active outdoors.
Now that the weather is beautiful and blissful, I hope that you’re finding it easier to get outside and be more active. It’s always a good time to increase your exercise and activity. More physical activity will help your muscles, blood, heart and lungs and pretty much everything in your body.
I find that getting outside to exercise is so much better than going to the gym. Exercising in nature has benefits that go above and beyond the benefits you gain by exercising indoors. Being in and interacting with natural environments has positive benefits. It reduces stress and increases the ability to cope with stress, while reducing mental fatigue and improving concentration, and it can even help with depression.
Get Active Outdoors
Here are some health benefits from being in nature:
Vitamin D has a wide range of health benefits. It also helps boost our immune systems. We all need just 10-15 minutes of sunlight per day for our bodies to produce the proper levels of vitamin D. Get outside and treat yourself to some vitamin D.
Being in nature can increase sleep quality. This is partly due to stress reduction, but also because exposure to sunlight during the day can increase your melatonin production at night. Melatonin is needed to regulate your sleep cycle.
Getting outside usually involves some level of exercise, even if it’s just a short walk. Even 15-30 minutes of exercise each day has long term benefits for your mind and body, and decreases your risk of diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
Boosts Mental Health
It turns out that the great outdoors benefit more than your physical health. Nature is also connected to better mental health as well as a greater sense of mental well-being. The positive effects of outdoor time create a natural, feel-good vibe that lasts with participants long after they return indoors. Just by getting out into nature for your workout, you can improve your focus and self-esteem.
Exercising outdoors provides an opportunity to be physically active in a constantly changing environment. Walking, hiking or running on terrain that is constantly changing teaches the body how to adapt to a changing environment. In addition, a constantly changing surface can enhance the strength of your connective tissue, which may help you avoid certain injuries. The more challenging the terrain, the harder the body has to work to sustain an efficient work ratio. Outdoor workouts give you the best of both worlds—fresh air, sunshine and being closer to nature.
If you can get outside by all means get out there.
About the Author
Tammy Wilson is die-hard health and fitness guru, and her energy is absolutely contagious. Her areas of expertise include cellular health and personal training, and she is also a competitive dancer, model, actor, and loving mother of three. Tammy is known as fierce and fearless and each day sets out to inspire everyone to live […]Read Bio Read Posts