Research suggests that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors which is a pretty alarming. The human body and mind was never designed to spend 90% of its time secluded from the outdoor world, it is not right.
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 2 - Higher Levels of Post Exercise Endorphins
People who train outdoors experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins. Endorphins are endogenous opioid compunds that are produced in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus during exercise. They act as natural pain-relievers and produce a feeling of well being. The name endorphin derives from the words 'endogenous' and 'morphine' i.e a morphine like substance originating from within the body. Training outdoors has been associated with higher levels of these 'feel good' chemicals being produced in the body.
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 3 - Invigorating
Fresh air is refreshing and invigorating. This is due in large to the rich negative ion content of fresh air. Negative ions have been linked to an improved sense of well being, increased alertness, decreased anxiety and a lower resting heart rate.
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 4 - Boosts Serotonin Levels
Exposure to the outdoors helps boost serotonin levels. Serotonin helps you feel calm, alert and capable
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 5 - Increase in Vitamin D Levels
Sunlight helps supply the body with Vitamin D, a 'superstar' nutrient which helps promote the absorption of calcium, provides strength to bones, reduces systemic inflammation and boosts the immune system. Sadly many of us, particularly in cooler climates fail to get enough sunlight and thus synthesise enough of this great vitamin.
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 6 - Exercise Variety
Outdoor training allows you to perfrom exercise routines which are simply not possible in most gyms. Examples would include sprint training, multi-directional running and throwing.
Outdoor Fitness Benefit 7 - Get a Tan
Make sure you exercise before 10am or after 3.30pm to avoid the heat and the dangerous rays.
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