Take the Gym Outside!

Posted in: Fitness Performance  on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Aside from the fact that we are in the last few weeks of blissfully sunny weather, there is research to support that outdoor exercise is not only the best way to lose weight but to feel great while doing it! Since a little change is always good, break away from your gym routine and take your workout outdoors. There are more benefits than you may realize.

Your Desire To Workout Will Grow

Is your current gym routine growing old? Since the weather is still on your side, get outside, breathe some fresh air and get to work. We can almost promise that you will like it more than staying indoors.

The Proof: According to a study at Ohio State University, you are 23% more likely to repeat a workout if it's done outdoors.

Say Goodbye To Sleepless Nights

If you complete a sunrise workout, not only will you fall asleep more easily at night but you will be able to wake up an hour earlier than normal.

The Proof: Natural morning light has the ability to reset your circadian rhythm, meaning it will be easier to fall asleep. Research suggests individuals should avoid sunset workouts since it can delay the release of melatonin and make it harder to fall asleep.

Work Outs Will Feel Easier

A change in environment and the ability to see new scenery and greenery while working out will make you feel unstoppable.

The Proof:  A study conducted by the Environmental Science & Technology found that the calming effect of the color green makes a working out feel 10% easier than normal.

Prepare to Feel Happier

Exiting a building is roughly the same as entering a happy zone.

The Proof: A University of Essex study showed that after five minutes of any outdoor activity your confidence and mood are boosted. These effects can last all day.

Less Germs

One major benefit to working out outside is that you won't have to worry about germs, which means no staph infection for you!

The Proof: A Virginia Commonwealth University study found that 10% of gym surfaces tested positive for the bacteria.

You’ll Clear Your Mind

By taking your workout outside, you will have the opportunity to let your imagination run free and even find a sense of peace while physically exerting yourself.  

The Proof: Santa Clara University reports that exercisers who workout outside the gym report feeling less tense and tired during daily activity.

While the weather allows it, take advantage of the great outdoors. The benefits to this switch up are too many to count. Change is positive! Don’t stay stuck in a pattern this month, get out there and work hard.