Outdoor workouts better than indoor/gym exercise
Here’s an interesting study I came across this week from the UK’s Telegraph. Researchers at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry looked at data from 833 adults and concluded that outdoor exercise is healthier than indoor gym workouts. In addition to improved mental health benefits, the study revealed that those who exercised outdoors got more enjoyment from their workouts and had a higher likelihood of continuing with their exercise regime.
I like both indoor and outdoor workouts and I think the best plan is to mix things up. For example, it’s ok to run indoors during the winter, but try running outdoors during the spring and summer. Likewise, it’s great to workout at a gym, but from time to time (when possible) forgo the gym for an outdoor workout. Go rowing, kayaking, hiking, surfing, skiing, swimming. All of these activities are workouts that are just as good (if not better) than lifting weights at the gym. The trick is to shock your body and muscles with a new routine when possible.