Everyone is familiar with the benefits of exercise, including mental clarity, stress relief, anti-aging properties, increased strength, cardiovascular health and more. But did you know that by moving your workout routine to the great outdoors, you can reap even more benefits? Outdoor exercise provides the perfect opportunity to train your body in various climates, exposes you to vitamin D and, of course, helps to break a sweat. So, take your fitness to the next level and head outside for a change of scenery, fresh air and mental health boost!

Reap the Benefits of Outdoor Workouts 

It’s a Natural Mood Booster – If you’re feeling sad, angry, or low-energy, outdoor exercise may be the key. Exercising outdoors is known to aid in seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression and anxiety. The sunshine, Vitamin D and fresh air naturally increase serotonin levels and endorphins, helping to boost your mood and reduce pain. 

It Challenges Your Body When you exercise outdoors, you’re at the whim of a constantly changing environment rather than the smooth terrain of a machine such as an elliptical or indoor treadmill. So, by exercising outdoors, your body is actively engaged and challenged for the entirety of your workout as it adjusts to terrain and natural elements like wind resistance and changing temperatures.

It Can Become a Routine – Going for a walk or bike ride through the neighborhood doesn’t seem as daunting as driving to the gym to get your steps in on the stair master. So, by choosing an outdoor activity that fits into your routine, such as taking a walk with your pet or biking to work, you’re not only increasing the likelihood of sticking with it, but you’ll also have something to look forward to each day! 

It Provides Stress Relief – Many outdoor activities, like running, cycling, walking, or team sports, increase blood flow to the brain providing mood-improving properties such as reduced anxiety and an overall sense of calm.

It Connects You with Community – Do you remember the rush you felt as a child during recess or field day? Well, there’s a way to bring that feeling back! Outdoor workouts provide a greater chance for socialization while also helping to strengthen community ties and develop relationships with like-minded individuals. At the same time, recreational sporting leagues and group fitness classes allow you to enjoy the joys you once felt playing games as a child while moving your body with community members that provide encouragement, motivation, and support.

It Improves Sleep Quality – We all know the feeling of crawling into bed after a great workout but exercising outdoors can help you sleep even better! Air quality from fresh air can help boost serotonin, making you feel calm, happy and relaxed at the end of the day. In addition, the energy you expend exercising in the sunshine will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer for quality rest.

Get Outdoors with Bayshore Fit 

If you’re looking for a way to fit outdoor exercise into your routine, you’re in luck! Here at Bayshore Fit, we know exercise looks different for everyone. That’s why we provide the tools to help you achieve the best workout for you. Our new location will be fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy an outdoor sweat, including 3,000 sq feet of outdoor turf, complete with sleds, tires, battle ropes, outdoor classes, and more! Enjoy more ways to sweat at Bayshore Fit when you sign up today.