There are many things to take into consideration when choosing whether you want to exercise indoor or outdoors. You will have to think of your fitness goals, your age, level of fitness, where you live and how much you want to invest in your exercise program. There are both pro’s and con’s to exercising indoors. Below I have listed some things you should think about before you decide. Indoors or outdoors the most important thing to remember is that you are choosing to exercise. A faithful exercise regimen will improve you happiness, quality of life and health.
1) Weather – The wonderful thing about exercising inside your home or at a gym is you can not make any excuse for bad weather. This is wonderful for people who live in extremely rainy, snowy or hot areas. You can still get in your workout without risking frostbite or heatstroke.
2) Safety – You can have peace of mind if you decide to exercise inside. It is sad to say but I see many stories on our local news where joggers and bicyclist are injured by traffic. I even see too many cases where they are mugged or attacked while exercising outdoors.
3) Convenient – It is very easy to be able to just go to another room in your home to exercise. You are able to do so any time day or night that is good for you. You also do not have to all geared up in fancy workout clothes, basically you can exercise in your pajamas if you feel like it.
4) Professional Help – Exercising indoors at a gym is very beneficial for those seeking specialized equipment or training help. You have access to a number of different types of expensive workout equipment, and a trainer if you want one.
5) Health Issues – Sometimes exercising indoors at home is better suited for those with different types of health issues. We live in Houston, Texas and there are many times of the year where air quality and high allergy count is a issue for many. Those with allergy and asthma will suffer much less if they are inside.
6)Privacy – Many people do not feel comfortable exercising in front of other so a home workout is where they will get the most exercise.
7) Obstacles – There might be a few things you will have to be wary of and avoid if you decide to exercise outdoors. If you have any knee or back problems you would need to be very cautious of any uneven pavement or holes if walking, or riding a bike. You could easily fall and injure yourself if you are not too steady on your feet.
8) ) Dog’s – It might not be a problem in every neighborhood but in mine we always have a problem with stray dogs. I know not all loose dogs are mean, but it is quite possible if you exercise outside to encounter a unfriendly dog. Having to flee from a dog or even getting a dog bite is definitely something you do not want to do.
1) Distractions – Sometimes we are interrupted and too easily distracted when working out indoors. You will probably have to deal with the phone ringing, neighbors, your children and pets. This can make it extremely difficult to fully concentrate on your best workout.
2) Weather – If you exercise indoors one thing you will be missing out on is fresh air and sunlight. Breathing in fresh air can also make you feel exhilarated and spur you on to exercise more briskly.
3) Limited Space – If your exercise of choice is running jog bike riding you will be limited on space inside your home. You would also need to invest in a treadmill if you are a runner, and stationary bike if you are a cyclist.
4) Boredom – Another drawback of exercising indoors is it can tend to get a little monotonous, there is not much visual stimulation. There is no change of scenery and you will be looking out the same window or wall every time you exercise.
5) No Negative Ions – There have been some recent studies showing some of the benefits of negative ions which are found in higher concentrations outdoors in fresh air. They are odorless, colorless, invisible and have many health-promoting benefits. Negative Ions are believed to help decrease stress, boost energy and even help promote weight loss.
6) Sunlight – It is true you need to limit your exposure to the sun to avoid skin damage. You are also missing out on many benefits from natural sunlight if you are exercising indoors. Sunlight can elevate your mood and help prevent depression, it also can help decrease your chances of getting some cases of bone disease and cancer.
thedietchannel.com – www.thedietchannel.com/Indoor-vs-Outdoor-Exercise-Pros-and-Cons-of-Your-Workout-Environment.htm
DrWeil.com – www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA287222
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