Andy & Jamie's
Working out regularly gives us many health
benefits. It strengthens the muscles, builds endurance, improves the
cardiovascular system, reduces the risk of heart disease, type II
diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, obesity and some types of cancer. It
also helps to reduce everyday stresses and gives us energy. Now, to give
an extra boost for overall mind health, self esteem and lifting your
spirit, take your workout outside!
Exercising outside gets you back in touch
with nature, giving you emotional and mental health, along with all the
similar physical benefits as working out in a gym. There are virtually
no cost, no membership fees or user fees. Just 5 minutes of exercising
outdoors has mental health benefits and is a real mood boost. To obtain
the physical benefits though, you will have to work out longer.
Generally it is found that
there is a greater feeling of increased energy, a decrease in tension
and depression. With increasing technology and information, we spend
more of our time inside. It is good to get back to your roots. Being
outside in the environment is more fun and motivating. The scenery is
often better and exercising outdoors demands more complex coordination
responses due to the varied ground surfaces. Strength and coordination
in the muscles we use for everyday activity are challenged.
Weight training in a gym works isolated muscles through a restricted
pattern, training outside is Functional Fitness training.
And if sweating it out in a crowded gym
doesn't appeal to you, take it outside. There are many of ways to
exercise outside. Take a brisk walk or jog in your neighborhood or
find a scenic walking trail in your area. Get out your bike and pedal
down a biking path. Go to the park on a sunny day, and use the
playground equipment to do pull-ups and a park bench to do triceps
dips. Then burn a few calories and tone your quads by swinging on the
swing set while pumping your legs as hard as you can. Pick your jump
rope and skip for your cardio training. Join Tai Chi in the park or a
yoga class outdoors.
All training can be taken outdoors and
two important health elements are achieved at one timesaving
time. The weather is great and it time to go outside and go green!