White blood cell function improves which supports our immune system
Supports healthy lung function
Enhances concentration and brain function
One of the best things about being physically active in the outdoors is that it is so easy to access.
All you need to do is open the front door to your home and walk outside. There is no driving and no commute time to factor in.
You can get your outdoor workout in at any point in the day that works best for you because it is not based on the schedule of the gym or fitness center.
You can also go out for short or longer workouts, depending on your needs. Sometimes a jog around the block is just right. Other times you may want to go play frisbee with your friends for a couple of hours.
If you are on a budget, getting fit outdoors is a great choice because outdoor exercise is often free.
Training at the park, going on hikes, runs, or bike rides, or using public facilities such as basketball courts are great options that do not cost a penny.
Some facilities do cost. Places that you may need to pay a fee are:
Private lessons that are outdoors such as tennis
Outdoor fitness classes at a gym or fitness studio
Adult sports leagues
Play is defined as engaging in something that you enjoy for recreation.
If you are going to be out for a while, find a way to bring water with you. That can be as simple as packing a water bottle, but it can also mean using a water bladder in your backpack or using a hydration belt that you can wear.
No matter if it is hot or cold, it is important to wear layers of clothing that are lightweight and sweat-wicking.
In cool weather start by wearing enough layers to be warm and remove them as needed to stay comfortable.
In hot and sunny weather wear lightweight clothing with SPF protection to prevent excess sun exposure and sunburns.
Wear a hat and pack sunglasses too.
Bring the right gear
Depending on what type of workout you are choosing, you may need to bring some gear with you. Common pieces of equipment are:
Shoes: choose the correct footwear for hiking, running, biking, or playing sports
Yoga mat: for exercises on the ground or grass
Gloves: to keep your hands warm and or to protect them when gripping bars at the park
Sunscreen: you should wear sunscreen unless you are out for a short time and not in high heat conditions
Reflective clothing: for activities at dawn, dusk, or in dense fog to increase your visibility to drivers and motorcyclists
Music: bring your favorite tunes to keep your momentum going
Best exercises for the outdoors
Depending on your interests, there is a wide range of physical activities that are possible to enjoy outdoors. Some of these activities are seasonal but many can be done year-round.
Walking, running, and hiking
Rollerblading and biking
Fishing and hunting
Rock or ice climbing
Kayaking, canoeing, diving, boating, or sailing
Skiing, including cross-country and downhill skiing
Fitness classes held outside
Next steps to enjoying your outdoor exercise
Exercising outdoors does not need to be complicated or expensive. Developing your new outdoor routine can be a great way to stay fit as well as enjoy the social and mental health benefits too.
In this article, you learned what are the top 10 benefits of exercising outdoors. Hopefully, you now know how easy (and fun!) it is to incorporate outdoor movement into your life.
Paseo Club has a number of exercise spaces that take place in the fresh air that is used for classes year-round. If you love the outdoors, exercising with friends, and getting a good workout in, then come check out our facility by taking a tour.
We offer tennis, pickleball, swimming, and fitness classes — not to mention our outdoor cafe. Check out the class schedule to see what’s happening this week.