Outdoor exercised is probably the most effective way to maintain overall health and it also has great benefits! The good news is that you don't have to work out in a gym to get in shape. Outdoor exercises are just as effective, and can be more fun than being in a cold gym.
Why you should take your workout outside
Outdoor exercising can be a structured exercise program that takes advantage of what nature has to offer. It is possible to get in amazing shape with the abs you want by working outside!
Lets take a look AT some benefits of exercising outdoors!
- No membership fees: A lot of us know how pricey gym memberships can get, but good news is that you no longer need to be in the gym to get in the shape you want! With a good fitness tracker and an outdoor area, you won't need to spend another dime.
- A free daily dose of Vitamin D: We often miss out on all the vitamin D that the sun provides us with. Studies show that when you workout outside you burn double the fat than being at the gym. Why? It's hot outside so you sweat more, you gain vitamin D which helps you burn belly fat, and as a plus, you get the tan you always wish you had!
- Exercise your mind: When you exercises outdoors, your mind becomes aware of the terrain change. Whether you use the hills, the sand on a beach, or a windy football field, your mind has to focus differently than it would on a flat gym floor. Not only that but you can work out multiple body parts when the terrain changes, from legs to abs.
Getting Started With Outdoor Exercise
If you have any health issues, talk to your doctor before starting an outdoor fitness program. "I tell my people to have a goal in mind, start slowly, and work up to their potential. Outdoor exercise can be adapted to anyone's level of fitness," advises Doctor Vindum.
Here are guidelines to get you going:
Exercise early. "People can always find more excuses to avoid exercising outdoors at the end of the day," says Vindum. In the morning your energy is higher, the air is generally cleaner, the temperature is lower, and you will feel better all day long.
Avoid temperature extremes. Although your body can adapt to colder or warmer weather, you should avoid exercising outside in extreme heat or cold.
Don't get burned. Although some sun is good for you, too much sun is not. "Always protect yourself with a good sunscreen, and wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim," advises Vindum.
Drink enough water. "If you drink about 8 to 10 ounces of water 30 minutes before doing outdoor exercises, it should hydrate you sufficiently for a 30-minute workout. You don't need water with electrolytes in most cases," says Vindum. Remember that you can lose water through sweating even in cooler weather, and you may start to get dehydrated before you feel thirsty.
Get some good gear. "Take advantage of the new technology that has gone into shoe treads and waterproof, breathable clothing material," advises Vindum.
Make outdoor exercises part of your lifestyle. "You can learn exercises that use only body weight and gravity and do them while you are walking to the post office," Vindum says. Think about walking instead of driving. Plan outdoor activities with your family. Go for a hike instead of a drive.
If you currently working out in a gym, or you have not started working out, working out outdoors is a great way to break a plateau. So give it a try and let us know how the benefits of outdoor exercise are working for you! We would love to hear and share your experience with the rest of the world! You can comment below or tweet us at @pulsebandz.