Why should you move your workout outdoors?

The weather has finally jumped into the double digits, making now the perfect time to ditch your indoor workout for something more scenic. However, it’s not just the view you’ll enjoy: moving your workout outdoors comes with a plethora of health benefits. Here are just a few of them:

 

  1. You’ll get more vitamin D

 

Spending only 10 minutes outside can help you to produce about 10,000 international units of vitamin D—more than 5 times the daily recommended amount. This wonderful vitamin helps to protect against heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, depression, insomnia, and immune disorders.

 

  1. Your mental health will improve

 

A variety of studies have shown that outdoor exercise has a direct correlation with improved mental health, mood, and self-esteem. Additionally, it can help decrease anger, tension, and even depression. Plus, exercise in general releases endorphins, helping you to feel revitalized and full of energy.

 

  1. You’ll amp up your energy levels

 

According to a 2009 study out of the University of Rochester, spending 20 minutes outside can boost your energy as much as a cup of coffee. So, ditch the

 

  1. You’ll avoid germs at the gym

 

The American Environmental Protection Agency notes that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. This is especially true of gyms: the germs and bacteria there may cause athlete’s foot, boils, and ringworm. Instead, opt for fresh air and head outside.