4 Reasons To Ditch The Gym And Exercise Outside, Instead

Gym-haters rejoice: outdoor workouts are the way forward.

1. You burn more calories when you exercise outside

"Resistance from the wind when running or cycling outdoors means you often burn more calories than if you were indoors," says Simon Cowen, Fitness First PT Ambassador. "And slopes and uneven ground make you body work harder as it has to respond to the unknown," he adds. So, basically, doing nothing different but taking your workout outside makes it LOADS more effective. Amaze.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

2. Outdoor workouts are awesome for your mood

"Numerous pieces of research show a clear connection between spending time outdoors and a reduction in stress. Plus, fresh air and increased oxygen helps release the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin - meaning your outdoor training sessions not only help keep you fit and healthy, they put you in a fantastic mood too," says Simon.

3. The scenery stops you getting bored

Real talk: no matter how much you love Scott Disick, watching the Kardashians over and over from the cross trainer does get a bit dull. "The beauty of exercising outdoors is the space you're in. Running through different scenery means you have a lot to look at, so you're less likely to get bored and end up exercising for longer, almost by accident," says Simon. Not only that, when it's sunny who wants to be cooped up in a gym?

Most Popular

4. You can tone your whole body, for free

You may not notice it on first glance, but parks are FULL of things (free things!) that will help you tone muscle. Simon says: "Hill sprints are a great way of getting maximum results, particularly as sprinting is one of the most effective ways to burn fat. Short, sharp bursts of movement at an incline will help push you to the limit while also building and toning muscle. Plus, local parks and green spaces are home to a wide range of objects that can double up as exercise equipment. Take a park bench - you can do tricep dips or step-ups. Even a tree can enhance your workout: try some explosive jumps where you aim to hit as many branches as high as you can. Or do a 3:1 ratio jog where you jog to three trees and then sprint to the forth - get creative!"

By Taylor Anderson

See the full story on Cosmopolitan.co.uk

What do you think?

Life
Share
If You're Big On Italian, You're Going To Love This Place...
Get your Tiramisu spoons ready!
Life
Share
"Whoever Said Feminism Was the Opposite of Femininity?"
Six incredible women share their perspective on the 'F' word...
Life
Share
9 Miraculous Workout Moves to Get the 'Best Body' in 1 Minute!
An ultimate guide to #InstaFitness!
Life
Share
Here Are 12 Funniest Reactions to the Snapchat Fiasco!
Poor or not, we're def rich in humour!
Life
Share
5 Secret Tips Every Fit Girl Follows!
Thank us later...
Life
Share
Get a Flat Stomach Super-Quick With This ONE Exercise
Recommended by Harvard doctors, this effective move doesn't even require the gym or any equipments!
Life
Share
Here's Why Sairee Chahal Set Up India's First Women-Only Job Portal...
...and how she did it.
Life
Share
7 Super-Gross Things That Happen When You Don't Change Out of Your Gym Clothes
Seriously. Get out of your gym clothes ASAP.
Life
Share
How Documentary Filmmaker Sabiha Sumar Crowdfunded Her Brilliant New Project
"Getting funding from any set of investors is a terribly trying experience—there's no circumventing the pain of the process in any...
Life
Share
Age Shaming (But In Reverse)
A whole lot of young people just don't feel as sprightly as the rest—and when you prefer staying in to slugging shots, every day is...