Keeping It Green: 8 Benefits to Getting Fresh Air While You Exercise
Getting any type of exercise is good for your body, but did you know there are specific benefits to taking your workout outside?
Not only is it a great way to boost your activity, it’ll also help boost your mood.
- You can move faster
When you’re walking or running outside, you can better control your pace. Often, you end up moving a little faster than you would indoors on a treadmill.
- It’s easier
When the effort of exercise participants was studied comparing indoor to outdoor walking, participants not only moved faster, they reported the exercise also felt easier to do.
- It will alter your perception
Since your perception of effort is lower when you’re in a green environment, it gives you the opportunity to push harder without your perception changing. When an activity is perceived as easier, it’s also perceived to be more enjoyable.
- You will increase your enjoyment
When you’re exercising outside you’re often engaging with other people. This has been shown to increase enjoyment of the activity and how often you participate, since you also have social motivation.
- You will feel revitalized
Studies have shown that doing physical activities in a natural or green environment can help improve feelings of revitalization. You also feel more positively engaged.
- You will improve your self-esteem
Exercising in green environments have also been linked to improved self-esteem and reducing negative moods such as tension, anger, and depression.
- It’s better for your physical health
Studies have shown that outdoor environments, particularly green spaces, support better physical health both subjectively and objectively.
That means that your sense of well-being, heart health, immune system, and recovery time are all positively affected by your green environment.
- It’s better for your mental health
Work out outside to improve your general mental health, psychological well-being, anxiety, stress, or depression. Both your well-being and perceived well-being benefit from taking-in natural spaces.
To help get you going, here are a few green activities you can try:
- Plant trees
- Go hiking
- Canoe or kayak
- Explore natural parks
- Go for a bike ride
- Play tennis
- Sign up for an outdoor fitness class, line dancing in parks or boot camp
- Join a recreational sports league like soccer, ultimate Frisbee, flag football softball and more!
Whatever activity you choose, don’t forget to keep it green. For more information on what exercises are right for you, you can ask a chiropractor.