Get Your Exercise Fix Outdoors

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

Summer is coming!

The nights get lighter, the days get warmer (or are supposed to!) and the Christmas decorations start appearing in shops. It’s also a great time to get outdoors and exercise. We are so fortunate to live in a nature-rich country. You can pick any direction of travel and find mountains, beaches, forests and parks. The opportunities are endless!

I recently read an article which stated that 31% of the world are physically inactive. Now, this might not seem like a lot, but if you consider that the world’s population is 7.4 billion, then 31% is a rather large number. It’s not surprising there has been a drop in physical activity with the number of technological advances we are seeing in everyday life. Unfortunately, this is contributing to less physical activity and higher rates of health related diseases.

Green exercise is not a new concept. It refers to any exercise which takes place in the natural environment. Exercising outdoors is great. There are no membership fees, the air is cleaner, and of course you get you daily intake of Vitamin D. Recent research has indicated that just five minutes of being outdoors can show an improvement in your psychological well-being.

There are many benefits of outdoor exercise compared to training indoors:

  • Greater feeling of revitalisation and positive engagement.

  • A lower level of perceived exertion – external stimuli provides a distraction enabling you to work harder.

  • Allows recovery from mental fatigue – no direct attention needed to enjoy nature.

  • Increased motivation.

  • Increased enjoyment.

  • An escape from everyday life.

Here’s some tips to make the most out of your outdoor session;

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink water. Lots of it.

  2. Protect yourself. Invest in some good gear. A waterproof jacket and shoes will go a long way. And don’t forget, this is New Zealand. Wear sunscreen just to be safe.

  3. Build outdoor exercise into your lifestyle (e.g. walk to work, get outside on your lunch break, explore new places of recreation on the weekends with your family).

  4. Have fun!

All information above was obtained from the article below. It's well worth a read!


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