Take It Outside: Make Working Out Outdoors A Fitness Habit

Take advantage of the warmer months by moving your workout routine outside and reaping some scientifically-backed benefits.

According to recent studies, the average American spends less than 7 percent of their time outdoors while research shows that spending time outside can improve cognitive function and sleep, and increase attention span. The psychological and physical benefits of making an outdoor workout a fitness habit are rich and motivating more and more people to move outside.

Work harder and longer.

Compared to the gym, outdoor terrain is more varied and challenging. Runners and bicyclists expend more energy while facing obstacles such as wind, gravel, inclines and declines. For example, it’s difficult to mimic the effort of running downhill on a treadmill, but it works different muscles and provides alternative results to running on an incline. A recent study also showed that older males who walked or jogged outside were significantly more physically active than those who exercised indoors, completing, on average, about 30 minutes more exercise each week than those who walked or otherwise exercised indoors leading to a healthy Resting Heart Rate and increased Heart Rate Variability.

Improve mental wellbeing.

In several psychological tests, volunteers scored significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue after outside activity compared to those exercising indoors. They also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date. There is additional speculation that absorbing Vitamin D from the sunlight while exercising outdoors can enhance mood and wellbeing.

Improve Blood Oxygen Saturation Levels.

The body lives off of oxygen as an energy source, and it keeps the body functioning normally. A high Blood Oxygen Saturation Level is an indicator of overall health and quality of life. This important vital can be improved with exercise and by spending more time in the fresh air, so why not combine the two?

It’s more convenient.

In an outdoor workout routine, you can choose when and where you exercise, day or night (especially if you have access to well-lit areas). Workouts become more flexible with work and family obligations and, for those that despise the monotony and routine of the gym, time and location can be easily altered daily. It can also potentially save you hundreds of dollars in gym membership or class fees. By skipping the gym, you avoid both waiting for particular machines and the plethora of germs left behind on machines, water fountains, and in locker rooms.

Wherever your fitness routine takes you, Biostrap stays with you to deliver the vital clinical quality metrics from the wearable wristband and shoe clip that help you pursue all of your health and fitness goals.

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