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5 Reasons to Exercise Outside (Skip the gym!)
If you’re dreading your gym workout today, think about changing it up a little. The transition of summer into fall is one of the best times to take advantage of the sunshine and warm air. There are several reasons why exercising outside is a good alternative to your gym membership, and here are a few to think about. Sweat is a GOOD thing!
Burn more calories
By switching up your workout routine every now and then, your body will have a harder time becoming used to what you’re doing. Changing your workout, means burning more calories. Running an actual hill will always require more endurance than an inclined treadmill.
Paying for a gym membership that you don’t use is one of the most popular American complaints. If you start an outside workout regimen, you may be more inclined to continue, because it’s free!
Feel revitalized and happier
Since most Americans spend the majority of their day inside an office, why not get outside and get some actual fresh air. Your mind responds to fresh air, and will even respond with a slight state of euphoria. According to Women’s Health Magazine, after a 30-minute walk in the park, 71% of people felt less stressed, while 72% of people who walk indoors actually felt more stressed.
Everyone knows gyms are one of the #1 places for germs to cultivate. They could be the reason for your persistent fever, chest pain, athlete’s foot, ringworm and more. Getting outside gets you away from the germs and bacteria, and fills your lungs with good, clean air.
If you’re an early bird or a night owl, it may be hard to find a gym that’s open when you’re at your peak workout time. You don’t have to wait for a class to start, or wait on someone to get off your favorite elliptical; you can work out whenever you want, wherever you want. Being in a crowded gym is a lot more stressful than a solo run on the beach.