The benefits of doing exercise outdoors

Have you ever thought that exercising only meant signing up at a gym and training next to a bunch of strangers for hours on end? We believe exactly the opposite, we believe that a great option for starting a training routine involves working out in your yard, in the countryside, or in a park. Believe it or not, doing exercise outdoors helps to eliminate stress, improve your mood, and provide a sense of freedom that can’t usually be found inside a room.

So, why go to the gym when you can take your exercise routine outdoors? The idea is to leave the day-to-day behind and to try new things, which can also provide excellent health benefits.

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According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Essex (United Kingdom), it’s been shown that the first five minutes of outdoor exercise significantly improve mood and self-esteem, regardless of the kind of exercise being done. Along with the known benefits of exercising, the positive impact of being in green zones, surrounded by nature and fresh air, adds to the experience.

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Exercising outdoors is easy, all you need to have is initiative. Going for a walk, riding a bike, swimming, mountain climbing, and even extreme sports are activities that provide a high level of physical and mental wellbeing. It’s important to remember that working on your body allows you to improve qualities such as precision, speed, reflexes, strength, and resistance.

To convince you that doing exercise outdoors is an excellent option, we will share five of its essential benefits.

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Benefits of doing exercise outdoors

1. A change of scenery

Even if you go to the gym, it’s advisable to change up your routine from time to time in order to keep up your motivation. To do this, you can spend a week or two exercising outdoors. Open spaces also make different kinds of activities possible, while minimizing boredom and encouraging you to continue living a healthy lifestyle.

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2. Less fatigue

Even if you go to the gym, it’s advisable to change up your routine from time to time in order to keep up your motivation. To do this, you can spend a week or two exercising outdoors. Open spaces also make different kinds of activities possible, while minimizing boredom and encouraging you to continue living a healthy lifestyle.

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3. Fun for family and friends

Starting a new routine with your friends or relatives is an excellent option. This helps to form closer bonds and to communicate more freely. It’s also been shown that more endorphins (known as happiness hormones) are produced when exercising outdoors rather than in an enclosed space, and if you’re in a group with your relatives or friends, the level of enjoyment will be even higher.

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4. Reducing stress

Breathing fresh air is an essential way to be healthy, and in combination with exercise, it works wonders for stress reduction. It’s worth noting that the endocrinological factors related to stress are adrenaline, noradrenalin, and cortisol, which are lowered after being in contact with nature.

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5. Weight loss

If weight loss is your goal, an effective way to see results within a predetermined time period is to alternate going to the gym with doing exercise outdoors. If you change up your routine, it’s less likely that your body will plateau at a certain weight. By keeping your muscles alert through a variety of exercises, you’ll have an active metabolism which will lead to more weight loss.

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The key to success is consistency, as it’s been shown that any outdoor activity that gets you moving for thirty minutes at least three times a week will be greatly beneficial.

Have we convinced you? Leave your routine behind and come visit Mistico Park with your family and friends to get the excellent benefits of exercising outdoors. At Mistico Park you can do exercise, which may mean hiking along our hanging bridges while surrounded by lush nature. Or, if you’re more into adrenaline, you have the option of Spider Monkey Canyon .

Start exercising outdoors at Mistico Park!

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