5 Extraordinary Benefits Of Outdoor Exercise

Top up your Vitamin D!

By Kate Shapland

We all know that exercise – especially outside in the fresh air – benefits our minds and bodies. But apart from improving positivity, fitness and, by being active, helping to promote the lymph – the body’s natural waste disposal network which only moves when you move to clear toxins out of your system – there are other less recognised but significant benefits to exercising outdoors.

These are some of the top benefits of exercising alfresco: 

  1. It’s a natural antidepressant. Outdoor exercise can help ward off seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression and anxiety because sunshine naturally increases serotonin, a hormone that affects your mood and.  And exercise itself produces endorphins, another feel-good hormone that boosts your mood and reduces pain. On top of all this, the sunshine comes with a whole host of vitamin D benefits.
  2. It challenges your body because when you’re exercising on ever-changing outdoor terrain, your body is more challenged than when it is working out on a flat indoor surface. 
  3. You may be more likely to stick with it. Trainers often teach clients outdoors because of the variety and the way it doesn’t feel like as much of a workout as running on the treadmill, even though they are still getting good calorie burn. 
  4. It provides mental relief and can take the pressure off the tension felt by many when they associate exercise with weight loss or lowering their blood pressure. Outdoor exercise is enjoyable and feels more like play than a chore.
  5. You can turn it into a social outing.  Exercise can become a lot more fun if you involve family and friends. Instead of meeting for lunch or coffee, consider going for a walk with a friend. Or take your family out for a walk together instead of watching TV after dinner.
  6. It’s free!  All you need for a great workout is a safe, well-lit park, track, or walking trail, and your body weights. No gym membership is required! However, there are also plenty of outdoor exercise classes available in parks across the country.
  7. It can be a really good team-building experience especially if you do recreational sports like netball or football. You don’t have to be an athlete and joining a team can help you stay consistent with exercise.

So – there you have it! Just a few of some of the benefits of exercising outdoors. But can exercise get rid of cellulite? When done in tandem with other lifestyle changes, the answer is yes. On top of regularly working out, Legology products could help you reduce your cellulite. From our Cellulite Plan to individual Body Brushes, we have a wide range of products for you to choose from.