Mental Wellbeing

Who needs the gym when you have the great outdoors? 

 

There's nothing quite like surrounding yourself with greenery and breathing in the fresh air. It clears your head, improves your happiness, and helps you drop stress like nothing else.

Read about the science-backed benefits of working out outside:

You breathe better air outside

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air is more than twice as polluted as outdoor air.  

Connect with nature

Working out outside helps clear your mind while reducing stress. Being outdoors in an environment like the park also helps with focus

 

You’ll burn more calories and get stronger

Nothing beats the complex terrain of the outdoors. Working out outside promotes "muscle confusion," which can help your body burn more calories. Also, people who run outside, will flex their ankles more and working out on natural terrain, leads to stronger, more resilient muscles overall.

The immune system will get stronger

Decades-old practice encourages people to get outside and take a walk in nature not just for the mental health benefits but because it improves the immune system. Trees shower themselves in an antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial compound called phytoncides. When humans inhale these phytoncides, it triggers the human body to produce a specialized white blood cell called NK cells, or Natural Killer cells. These NK cells then attack cancerous and tumorous growths in the body, improving immune strength.

Improve heart health and lower blood pressure

study published in PubMed found that immersing yourself in nature lowers cortisol, pulse rate, and blood pressure. 

Promotes higher vitamin D levels

Vitamin D - one of the fat-soluble vitamins essential to strong bones and a healthy immune system - can be attained via sun exposure (also known as “the sunshine vitamin". The more you absorb vitamin D through your skin from outside, the better your body is able to absorb it. 

 

It just makes you feel good

Researchers discovered that working out outside has a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than just going to the gym. Outdoor exercise is linked to stress reduction, a decrease in feelings of tension and anger, and fewer symptoms of depression. Plus outdoor exercise has an overall positive effect on vitality, or your sense of enthusiasm, aliveness, and energy.

 

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