For lovers of outdoor fitness, there's no better way to get in shape. Of course, outdoor fitness covers a whole range of activities - from sports like football and rugby to activities like running and hiking. What all of them have in common are the benefits of being outside.
The benefits of outdoor fitness are many, and include:
Exposure to natural light - natural light is much healthier than fluorescents, and for many people can reduce the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), an illness caused by lack of sunlight
Exposure to the sun - regular exposure to the sun helps produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that supports a healthy immune system, and is produced by sunlight on the skin
Working on uneven ground - this can improve core stability and peripheral muscles, helping to improve overall fitness
Breathing fresh air - good for your lungs and overall health, and a wonderful change for those who are stuck inside all day long
For people brought up on gym workouts and exercise classes, heading out the door to exercise can seem a bit strange at first - they are used to the controlled atmosphere of the gym.
That, however, is one of the great things about exercising out in the real world. Every day is a little different, and you can change your workouts day by day to suit your mood, the weather, how you feel.