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Taking the Workout Outdoors

 

No matter how disciplined  we are about  getting our workout in, its no question that we are all capable of getting into a rut with our workout routine. I have experienced the stale feelings with monotonous routine working out at the gym and not adding enough variety into my workouts.

With the practice of tuning in, I notice the difference in how I feel emotionally, physically and
even spiritually with taking my workout’s outdoors.

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There are many benefits to why working out outdoors is so good for us but let me mention a few key reasons. :

~Sunshine
Exposure to Vitamin D we get from exposure to the sun (in moderation) has wonderful benefits. Vitamin D aids in prevention of depression and boosting endorphins and “happy” hormones.

~Elements and Resistance create a greater challenge:
It’s easy to get in a fitness rut when your body knows exactly what to expect from your gym machines like the treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike.
keep the body guessing with the varied terrain of a park or outdoors.
The different terrain that can’t properly be simulated in the studio will challenge your body to move in varied, more complex ways.
Elements such as wind (Mother Nature’s form of resistance training), temps (the hotter the weather, the harder your body has to work to cool down), and with other external variables, you can end up torching 5 to 7 percent more calories just by trading the treadmill for trails.

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~Happiness:
Breathing fresh air opposed to the recycled kind can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body’s release of feel-good endorphins.
Your mind will respond to this happier feeling and will stimulate motivation to work out longer.

Exercising outside also creates greater feelings of revitalization, energy, and positive thinking than does working out indoors” according to a report published in Environmental Science and Technology. What’s more, after an 30-minute walk in the park, 71 percent of people feel less stressed, while 72 percent of people who take their walks indoors actually feel more stressed.

~Mental Clarity
Closeness to nature increases our well-being—it has an immunizing effect by protecting us from future stresses and helping us concentrate and think more clearly.
~You’ll Work Out Whenever You Want:
I never take for granted the feeling of gratitude that I can run at anytime of day whether its before a super early flight or early evening.
It feels liberating to know the outdoors is always available, and can save time with getting right to your workout.

Tips for taking the workout outside:

Dress for the weather. Check the forecast and prepare yourself with the right gear. I prefer to dress warmer knowing I can peel off layers.

Try to plan your workout ahead: Create a game plan so you save time and stay disciplined with your goal workout

Bring light equipment: If you plan to do resistance work carry a knapsack with light equipment. A yoga mat is essential for hitting the ground with push-ups, butt kicks, sit-ups, etc. A jumprope, elastic bands, a lighter medicine ball are all great for resistance training.

Bring a fuel drink: Bring fluids with electrolytes to keep you hydrated and Branched Chain Amino Acids to aid in recovery and performance.

Music: You might want to enjoy inspiring or motivating music to keep you going. I like using a light shuffle that doesn’t get in the way of my workout.

Get Out! .. There are plenty of times that I feel hesitant or a lack of motivation but I always feel different than I did leaving the house,atleast ten minutes into my workout. Getting out the door can be the most challenging part of our workouts sometimes, so give yourself that extra push to get out..

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