Get Motivated: The Benefits of Outdoor Exercise


Generally, people who exercise outdoors enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. It is much more motivating to exercise outdoors because you are excited about all the other things that you will be able to do after you are done. And it’s not just the physical benefits either. Exercising helps give your brain a rest and clearer thoughts.

Scientists have found that people who exercise experience less stress and are more creative.

If you run, swim, bike or anything else outdoors, then you have a much better chance of keeping your fitness routine. If you stay in all the time, then it is easier to give up since there isn’t as much motivation outside (and also harder for others to keep you motivated). Not every day can be 60 and sunny, but there is always the chance of light rain or a little wind.

Many people are worried about how they will look when they run outside because they might sweat more. They feel that it may show a lack of self-control and discipline if they go out into the humid weather wearing shorts or a tank top. You can always wear high-tech clothing that wicks away moisture, which is much more advanced than the cotton sweatpants people used to wear in gym class. Also, there are so many water fountains and spots where you can rinse off your face when you need to. Nowadays it isn’t a big deal to get a little wet, especially if you are sweating out toxins that have built up over time.

Exercising outdoors is just like the old saying: “The early bird gets the worm”. If you want to start your day with fresh air and exercise, then it is best to do it as soon as possible. Taking time to do something that will be good for your body is a wise decision. It isn’t worth it to give yourself excuses or wait until you feel inspired either. There are other times in the day when you can work on other things, but exercise should be a priority because it helps keep your mind clear so you can think more clearly.

It is also better to have a plan for the day. You could choose something like running or biking at a certain time, and then you will be more likely to do it since everything else was already scheduled out.

Here’s a list of the basic benefits of doing a daily outdoor exercise:

  • Improved mood and sleep
  • Increased Vitamin D production
  • Better mental health with increased serotonin levels
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Improved cardiovascular health

So if you have not noticed, the outdoors is a more enjoyable place to exercise. Nature can provide an endless array of stimuli that will keep your mind engaged while working out. 

This is why exercising in nature is healthy for both your body and mind. So remember the next time you are working out, take a walk outside and enjoy the great outdoors, you will be thanking yourself later for it!

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