Spring came early this year, so I decided it was the perfect time to bring my exercise outdoors. Heck, maybe that will even motivate me to exercise! I don't know about you, but it's always a much more pleasant experience to bring my work out outdoors.
An article by Fitness Magazine states that "being outdoors, among nature, will boost your mood and your mental well-being." And, why not? A nice breeze, sunlight, and the soothing sounds of nature always boosts my mood. But, not only does being outside improve your mood, it can provide an additional health benefit by helping your body produce more vitamin D. According to Medical News Today, vitamin D is an immune system regulator, may help keep the brain working well in later life, may be linked to maintaining healthy weight, and may lower the risk of developing cancer. They also list several other benefits. So, get outside! Not only is is fun, but it's good for you too.
So what kind of exercise can you do outside? Well, just about anything. I personally enjoy a nice walk, but others enjoy running, yoga, cycling, swimming, or hiking. Step off that treadmill and go outside instead. You won't regret it!
What's your favorite way to exercise outside?