So you’ve finally decided to hit the ground running (literally). But is it better to do so inside or outside?
There is debate whether or working out inside our outside is for the best – or it the location even matters at all. In my opinion, going outside is your best bet – and below are some of the major reasons why I prefer the outdoors over a gym.
1. Fresh Air – Exercising most often leads to sweating. When stuffed inside of a gym with at least 50 other sweaty people, it doesn’t take long for the air to get clogged up with the scent of sweat and dirty bodies. It also doesn’t provide great air circulation to cool your skin off. Being outside takes care of all of that; and you don’t have to breath in someone else’s skin secretions.
2. Cleaner – This goes along with the previous point, but it deserves it’s own. The air outdoors is more humid due to plant life (not a bad thing, in this case) and does not have the dust and irritants you find inside. If you start to breathe heavy for a longer period of time outside, you may find yourself coughing as your lungs get used to this new air. But this does not mean it is making you sick – only that your lungs are cleansing themselves.
3. Free – To exercise for a price of $0.00 is something you just can’t beat. Gyms charge either daily or membership fees. Gyms do have one thing that nature doesn’t though – and that’s all those cool machines that will help you work out different parts of your body. But, unless you’re wanting to do some serious bulking up, good health and a nice shape can be found just as easily through exercise without all the fancy equipment.
4. Sunlight – By now you probably think me to be some kind of hippie, but there is scientific research to back my reasons up – especially this one. Sunlight activates your skin’s production of vitamin D, which is necessary to support normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in your system. Calcium is necessary for strong bones and phosphorus helps form DNA and RNA membranes.
5. Increase Concentration and Lower Stress – Spending a good amount of time outside on a regular basis can increase your concentration levels when you are inside doing work, cleaning house, or whatever else. Not only that, but it has been found that children who spend more time outdoors, whether through exercise or simple play, aren’t as stressed, have less symptoms of ADHD, and do better on their school work.
In the end, the location of a person’s workout is a personal choice, but going outside does have some clear benefits over working out indoors.
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