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Should You Exercise Outdoors? 5 Tips to Get You Moving

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Get outside! The options to exercise outdoors are endless with simple activities such as a brisk walk or even yard work.

Have shorter, colder and darker days made you become more of a couch potato than you’d like to be? If so, now is the perfect time to get outside and get moving! Thanks to the changing seasons, we have available extra daylight to exercise outdoors. The arrival of daylight savings time may be just the boost you need to get more active again.

The Great Outdoors

Aside from the obvious benefits of increasing your physical activity, there are other benefits of taking your workout outdoors.

  • You’ll enjoy it more. According to research, outdoor exercise has been linked to feelings of increased energy and decreased anger, tension and depression. Not only will exercising outside be good for your body but it will be good for your mood, too.
  • You’ll do it more. If you take your workout into nature, you’re more likely to exercise longer than if you stayed indoors. One study found outdoor exercisers did about 30 more minutes of physical activity each week than those who stuck to indoor activity.

Enjoy the Fresh Air

Now that the sun is still shining when you get home from work, these five activities can improve your physical and mental health while you exercise outdoors:

Not Sure if You’re Ready For Outdoor Activities?

Schedule an appointment for a physical exam. Our providers can answer questions and help you manage any illnesses.

  1. Grab a mat. If yoga or Pilates is your thing, find a quiet spot and get in a workout while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
  2. Take a hike. Grab a partner and head off the beaten path for some physical activity that’s good for your body and your soul.
  3. Get on two wheels. Biking is a low-impact exercise that gets your heart pumping. The feeling of the wind rushing through your hair at the end of a long day is an added bonus.
  4. Go to the park. Run on the grass, throw a Frisbee or play a game of touch football with your family or friends.
  5. Walk the dog. Lace up your shoes and go for a spin around the neighborhood or head a local dog park.

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