Top 4 benefits of training outdoors!
So it’s the summer in Ireland!
Balmy summer evening and the sun splitting the stone throughout the day………..theoretically that is!
However, rain, hail or shine the benefits of outdoor training are plentiful. After all, a little rain never hurt anyone!
Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is found in some foods but it is from the sun that we get most of our vitamin D. Hence, it is very common for us to be deficient in this vitamin. It has a huge number of health benefits from aiding in the absorption of calcium for bone health to increasing muscle strength for longevity. Training outdoors allows us an hour or so in the sun that we might not otherwise get, while also getting our exercise done for the day. After all, we are all bout multi-tasking.
- Mental health
Vitamin D has been linked to diminishing symptoms of depression but just being outdoors is also thought to benefit our mental health. Exercise itself is known to release endorphins which contribute to the feel good factor we feel after exercise but a recent study which is to be published in the journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity, focused on the impact of setting (indoor or outdoor) on the benefits of exercise. It was discovered that outdoor activity appears to have a significantly improved effect on certain symptoms of depression when compared to the indoor alternative.
- Variety and a change of scenery
It’s well known that a change is a s good as a rest so taking your workout outside can provide both variety in that we have to adapt to our situation and a change of scenery as there is more to see, views to look at during rest periods etc. There is so many different training modalities, exercises, rep ranges etc. Which means that there is absolutely no reason to get bored of your workouts and we know that boredom contributes hugely to the dropout rate in gyms and exercise programmes. Therefore the best option is to keep things fresh and change your routine and indeed your surrounding as often as possible.
- Sprints and additional calorie burn!
Sprints and other exercises like them are the ultimate high intensity exercise and they are difficult, not to mention boring on the treadmill particularly if you are uncomfortable jumping on and off it at speed. Being outside means we can use certain training techniques that are difficult to use when we are in a limited space. There is also thought to be a slight added calorie burn outside in the air when exercising due to temperatures and wind resistance. We burn calories to bring our body back to homeostasis so if it’s cold out we burn them to warm up and if it’s particularly warm we have to adapt to cool ourselves down.
Rogue fitness offers indoor and outdoor training so follow the link below to book in for a chat to discuss your options.