Working out outside combines two health-enhancing activities: moving and getting outdoors. Crazy right?
If you’re looking to feel better mentally and enhance your workouts, this is pretty much all you need to do.
Here are 3 benefits you’ll get immediately when you workout outside:
Better mood and higher resiliency- Cleaner oxygen, natural light, increased Vitamin D production all show to lead to a better mood likely from increased dopamine production.
Higher Self Esteem-Again likely associated with dopamine production, you can further enhance the effect by working out near greenery. Or if you’re me put a mirror up in front of you and admire nature at its greatest. (joke)
Connect with the earth-The ground beneath your feet releases energy waves that your body uses to heal itself in fantastic ways. Try finishing your workout in bare-feet on the grass. Newer studies are showing that this grounding effect can be further enhanced if the ground is wet. It may sound hokey but give it a shot and let us know if you notice any difference
Complete one push-up
Walk forward approximately five steps
Do two push-ups
Walk back to your original spot and do three push-ups
Repeat until you get to 15.
Push it farther by working your way back down
Or even farther by sprinting 50 yards between sets