Eco Tip #35 Outdoor Exercise
The great outdoors is more than just a quiet place to enjoy the view or go camping. Other than relaxing in nature, it’s a great place to break a sweat amongst the elements. While you could enjoy different workouts from home or the gym, exercising outdoors can take your options to the next level while also providing a nice change of scenery and some crisp fresh air. Never mind that you’d save money by not going to the gym. As a plus, there are some pretty great mental health benefits to exercising in nature.
You don’t have to go all the way out in the sticks for the health benefits to kick in, your local park or wooded area are great spots, and your backyard works in a pinch. Whether you’re looking to change your exercise routine or just getting started, here are some of the easiest ways for you to get moving outside.
Before running, why not get started with some walking? Walking is one of the most basic forms of exercise, but it’s very effective and still has great health benefits. Not only does walking regularly help decrease the risk of heart disease, but it’s also easy on your joints with just one hour of walking every week helping to ease joint pain.
If you want to take your walking up a notch then you can even go hiking, with research showing that you use around 28% more energy when walking on rougher terrain versus walking on fat ground – so you’ll get to burn more calories while enjoying a great view.
If you prefer moving a bit faster, then you can pick up the pace with some jogging. Jogging outside is more effective than on a treadmill, since you’re compensating for the different terrain. Overall, jogging provides a whole load of health benefits, especially for lowering the risk of heart disease. Studies have also shown that exercises like jogging are good for your brain, helping older adults to remember and apply new information more effectively.
Just remember that jogging isn’t a race, it’s all about building endurance. So, start at a slow and comfortable pace that you’re sure you can keep up throughout your run. Once you’re comfortable with that, then you can start speeding up.
Biking is one of the best ways to get a good cardio workout while also covering some decent ground. It’s not just good for basic cardio, but it can also really challenge your muscles in ways few other workouts can when you push yourself.
That being said, you don’t need to go all-out and power ride your way across the country for a workout. Just a short bike ride through your neighbourhood is great for your heart and overall health.
Once you’ve picked out your preferred spot in nature to get started just remember to be prepared and bring the right shoes and a bottle of water. Everyone can do with some fresh air and sunshine, so make sure you get your dose and stay healthy!