Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

Are you ready to ramp up your exercise regime? Exercising outdoors not only has positive physical benefits, but study after study shows enormous mental benefits of spending time in nature.  Take off your earbuds and immerse yourself in the symphony provided by nature. One of the huge benefits of outdoor exercise, especially in your local parks and nearby forests is the ability for your mind to truly disconnect with the noise associated with our everyday lives. Let your eyes wonder and focus on the distance around you. This is actually exercise for your mind and for your eyes. Follow this sage advice from health professionals for maximizing your outdoor exercise experience.

Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in appropriate outer wear from the huge selection of quality items available at Patagonia.com. Network with fellow outdoor enthusiasts and do a bit of online research to find what venues are available in your community. Between local parks, greenways and forests, surely you can identify several areas that seem appealing. Commit to taking long hikes at least twice a week. Don’t succumb to the temptation to avoiding hills!  Hills build stamina and increase calf and thigh muscles. Strong muscles result in increased stamina, elevated metabolic rate and contribute to a strong and healthy skeleton. Enlist a friend or family member to join you on your hikes. Not only will this serve as motivation to get out and hike, but will also allow you to invest in relationships that are important to you. Strong relationships are the anchors of all around mental health.

Before embarking on your hike, consume a nutritious breakfast or lunch – depending on the time of day. Plan to bring a water bottle and an energy bar or piece of fruit to keep your energy levels high throughout your walk. In a few shorts weeks, you’ll have developed a healthy outdoor exercise regime and begin to feel the fantastic results. Congratulations to you and keep it going!