Ladies & Gents it's getting hot outside!! I don't know about you but the last thing I want to do is be trapped in a stuffy gym everyday. With a little creativity and imagination, you can replicate almost any gym exercise outside. When it’s a beautiful day, take advantage of the opportunity to exercise outside and experience the following six benefits of exercising in the great outdoors.

1. Exercising outdoors provides an opportunity to be physically active in a constantly changing environment. Walking, hiking or running on terrain that is constantly changing teaches the body how to adapt to a changing environment. In addition, it can enhance the strength of your connective tissue, which may help you avoid certain injuries.

2. Wind resistance can help you burn more calories. When running or cycling outdoors, you may have to deal with the wind, which can offer natural resistance.

3. Exercising outdoors is a great way to save money. There are many benefits of going to a gym or fitness studio, but if you need to manage your expenses, exercising outdoors is one option to save a few dollars.

4. Using your local park, running on a nearby trail or simply walking around your neighbourhood are all great ways to meet your neighbours. While exercise can enhance your physical health, being connected with your community and having a number of positive relationships can help improve your mental health as well.

5. Going outdoors gives you the opportunity to turn your exercise time into family time. It’s important to exercise with your kids and show them that physical activity can be fun.

6. There is quantifiable research suggesting that outdoor exercise provides greater benefits than sweating indoors. In one study, the researchers found that exercising outdoors “was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression."

So, the next time it’s an absolutely gorgeous day outside and you’re dreading being stuck in a dark gym, take your workout outside instead.

Modified from American Council on Exercise

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