It’s no secret that getting regular physical activity leads to many health benefits, both physically and mentally. Several factors play into experiencing these benefits, including the type and intensity of your workouts, your workout frequency, and the workout programming itself.

Even the location of your workouts can also benefit your health. Here are three benefits of taking your workouts outside:

1. Improve Mood

Exercising outdoors is a great way to get Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that works in supporting the immune system, bone health, and cognitive function. Vitamin D also plays an important role in regulating your mood. Exercising outdoors can provide you with exposure to sunlight that your body needs to make Vitamin D, resulting in an enhanced mood.

2. Accessibility

Outdoor spaces like parks, trails, and green spaces make working out outside easily accessible. If you’re not able to make it to the gym, try moving your workout to your backyard or a public park. These areas provide plenty of space to move and get in an effective workout.

3. New Variations in Workout Intensity

The changing conditions involved in outdoor workouts can benefit your physical and mental health significantly. Outdoor workouts also add new variations in workout intensity. Unlike working out in the gym, exercising outdoors provides a new and unpredictable environment. When you go for a run outside, you may encounter hills, rocks, or branches that require your body to adapt (and often work harder) to maintain a steady pace. These constantly changing conditions also benefit your mind. Outdoor workouts require your mind to adapt to changing environments, think strategically about overcoming obstacles, signal your body to change direction or speed, and develop mental toughness.

To learn more about the programs and classes we currently have to offer at MagMile Chicago Fitness, contact us today.