Guest Post: 5 Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

Exercising isn’t just an excuse for a post-workout shake! Iona Bruce of ionabfit.com, a gym instructor and PT in training explains to us why it’s good to workout outside.

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5 Benefits of exercising outdoors

“Otherwise known as green exercise… but what if where you are isn’t green? Or you’re colour blind?

Only joking 🙂

1. SUNSHINE

Who doesn’t love a bit of that? Particularly in winter, and particularly in Scotland, it’s important to get in as much vitamin D as possible and that short walk from your work to gym to flat probably isn’t going to cut it. Vitamin D is important for strengthening our immune system and bones and helping to release those good endorphins!
Top tip – if it isn’t sunny rename point 1. ‘GETTING FRESH AIR’!

2. DISTRACTIONS

Lets face it, staring at a gym wall isn’t massively inspiring. Yes, some machines have TVs but I just get fed up and channel hop which results in no work happening. Being outside gives you so many things to look at as well as exploring your neighbourhood. And if you’re running you even get the odd break to cross the road at traffic lights!

3. IT WORKS DIFFERENT MUSCLES

Depending on what your doing you’ll use different muscles to what you would in the gym. You’ll meet new surfaces, inclines, even equipment that you can incorporate into your workout, and your body will have to work in different ways to react to these.

4. IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER

A number of studies have reported that there are also psychological benefits to working out outside. Whether this is due to the increase of vitamin D, getting a break from an enclosed space or just appreciating the world around us, it can help relieve tension, stress and anxiety.

5. IT’S FREE!!

Pretty self explanatory. And don’t think the only thing you can do outside is run or walk. There are plenty of things you can use to develop cardio or strength workouts, such as a park bench!

 

So what are you waiting for, get outside, soak up the sun, and sneak in a cheeky workout…you’ll feel so much better for it!”
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FullSizeRender (7) - CopyWords and pictures by Iona Bruce.
Iona is a gym instructor, competitive trampolinist, and weightlifter from Glasgow. Her blog shares fitness advice, workouts, lifestyle tips, and recipes which are easy to recreate at home. She is currently collaborating with The Great Run Group and has started ‘The Glasgow Fitness Guide‘ to tell you all what is coming up in the area and finding new ways in which people can keep active!
Connect with her on instagram and facebook.

8 Comments

  1. March 30, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Working out outdoors is definitely the best. I would add one more tip: find non polluted areas like parks, woods or the beach to exercise in. Not only is it healthier but it will allow your brain to disconnect from all stressful events in your life. You will be at peace in a peaceful environment!

    • March 30, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      Hey 🙂
      Thanks for a brilliant tip. I love going for a walk in the country park near my parents house. It’s nice to get fresh air.

      • March 30, 2016 / 9:21 pm

        Heya! Thank you so much for checking out some of my posts. Would absolutely love to know how you found them, I’m quite new to blogging and it would be amazing to reach more likeminded awesome people xxz

        • March 30, 2016 / 9:55 pm

          Hey Sophie 🙂
          I found you on the healthbloggerscommunity website 🙂
          You’re blog is brilliant to say you’ve just started. Great first article talking about your past issues with eating. I want to share my story on my blog but I find it hard to put into words.
          Looking forward to your future posts and drop me an email if you’d like to guest post on my blog healthyandpsyched@gmail.com

  2. March 30, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I don’t own a tv. While that may be weird for some, I have gotten the reaction from people, “YOU DON”T OWN A TV?! What do your kids do?!” I kindly tell them, that we get off our rumps and go outside to play! Kids don’t need tv, they need to be outside! 🙂

    • March 30, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Hey 🙂 So glad you like the post. I always find that knowing something is good for me gives me a little extra boost to do it.

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