Studies have shown that physical activity outdoors lowers a person's blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, exercise outdoors feels less strenuous than similar exercise indoors, which, in turn, pushes you closer to your maximum performance. Train outdoors, push yourself to the limit and keep breaking your personal record!
When you exercise outdoors, you get fresh air which helps to alleviate insomnia. Regular exercise and fresh air will help you to fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep. I don't know about you, but I feel like a new person the day after a good nights sleep!
When training outdoors, you can also enjoy the extra benefits of sunshine (if we're lucky in Ireland). Fresh outdoor air and natural light invigorate and provide more energy for the mind and body. Sunshine provides the vitamin D that we need, you will get a tan while training and the sun will lift your spirits! Sunlight also enhances energy generation in the muscles and oxidation of the tissues. When training outdoors, take account of the possible harm caused by excessive sunlight, such as dehydration and sunburn. So don’t forget protective sunscreen and hydration while training outdoors, especially when the sun is out!
Think creatively about your surroundings and devise an intensive training session on a nearby jogging track, hill or stairs, for example. Training locations are often closer than you think! Using nearby locations saves not only time but also natural resources, since there is no need to take your car to your workout. We use park benches, steps and even hills in our outdoor group sessions here in Galway!
All in all, outdoor exercise benefits the whole body by bringing joy, well-being and a better mood! At the end of the day, I think you'll agree that the goal of most human beings is the be happy :)