+We spend too much time indoors
Research suggests that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors which is shocking. For many people there time outdoors consists of miniature walks from one closed space to another. We live in our homes, we jump into our cars on our driveways, we drive to more closed spaces and at the end of the day, we come back home. The human body and mind was never designed to spend this amount of time indoors and away from the natural outdoor world.
+Higher Levels of Post Exercise Endorphins
People who train outdoors experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins. Endorphins are endogenous opioid compunds and are manufactured in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus during exercise. They act as natural pain-relievers and produce a feeling of well being. The name endorphin derives from the words 'endogenous' and 'morphine' i.e a morphine like substance originating from within the body. Training outdoors has been associated with higher levels of these 'feel good' chemicals being produced in the body.
+Fresh air makes you Feel Good
Fresh air is refreshing and invigorating. High oxygen levels increase the efficiency of almost all the reactions in your body. From losing weight, sleeping better at night, reducing anxiety and lowering your resting heart rate, fresh air is a key component.
+Boosts Serotonin Levels
Exposure to the outdoors helps boost serotonin levels. Serotonin helps you feel calm, alert and capable.
+Increase in Vitamin D Levels
Sunlight helps supply the body with Vitamin D, a nutrient which helps promote the absorption of calcium, provides strength to bones, reduces systemic inflammation and boosts the immune system. Sadly many of us, particularly in cooler climates fail to get enough sunlight and thus synthesise enough of this great vitamin.
+Add Variety to your exercise routine
Outdoors training gives you a great deal of flexibility and allows you to perform exercise routines, and work your muscles functionally which are simply not possible in most gyms. Examples would include sprint training, multi-directional running, crawling etc.
+Everyone likes a Tan
This is incredibly optimistic in January, but you know where I am going with this, everyone loves a tan!!
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