As we reach the midpoint of summer, we realize the great weather will soon start to fade and we will once again be stuck indoors. This is a great time to take use of the great weather and to get outside for your fitness training. There are numerous benefits to getting fit outside, here are the top 3.
- Vitamin D – 75% of American teenagers and adults are deficient in this crucial vitamin which we can easily get from the sun. Vitamin D is massively beneficial to bone health, the immune system, mood, cognition, and the reduction of cancer and heart attack risk. Just 10-15 minutes of regular sun exposure can get you all of the benefits!
- Variety – If you getting used to the same exercises and programs indoors, it may be very helpful in breaking your plateau to get outdoors to try something different. Try sprints in the grass, medicine ball drills against a wall, kettlebell exercises in the sun, or an open water swim. Getting to a sandy beach can be fantastic as the sand is a great surface to improve intrinsic foot and ankle strength.
- Stress – Our lifestyles are more stressful than they ever have been. With more demands, longer and harder work hours, and less free time to ourselves, it’s crucial to have a way to manage our stress. The best way, hands down, is to spend more time outside. Getting some sun, fresh air, or perhaps spending a bit more time at the beach are all fantastic ways to deal with stress and to calm ourselves down to prepare for challenging days ahead.
There are dozens of reasons to get outside and we’d love to hear from you! What are your top reasons to get outside for your fitness training?
Vlad Klipinitser of Fitness Together Lake Forest offers these tips in a weekly Fit Tip blog to help get people moving and motivated toward a healthier lifestyle.
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