The benefits of outdoor training
According to a recent study, developed by researchers at the University of Essex (United Kingdom), during the first five minutes of outdoor exercise, whatever the activity, is when the increase in self-esteem and mood enhancement are greatest. This happens because to the recognized benefits of exercising is added the positive impact of staying in green spaces, surrounded by nature and clean air, enjoy the sun’s rays and, in short, the feeling of freedom that you do not have inside a gym.
Playing outdoors is easy. Walking, running or cycling are activities that are available to anyone and without forgetting the strength training using any space around us.
Training outdoors Vs at the gym
It is evident that doing half an hour of continuous race through a park, or through an urban circuit (whenever we avoid streets transited by pollution) is more rewarding for the senses than doing it on a tape, in front of a television and along with ten other strangers who jog in ribbons or pedal bicycles next to yours at the gym. In addition, biomechanically, it is much better to run in natural circuits, since all the muscles and tendons of the extremities are exercised due to changes of direction, slope and even rhythm, and this is very important at the level of propioception, coordination of ankle and knee and strengthening of all muscle chains.
To complete a good workout in a park, beach, etc., we can take a rubber band and ties it to a tree or pole, a bench or stairs, so it can help us to perform different exercises to work the whole body. And, if possible, it is important to take advantage of sunny hours (without exceeding and use resistant sunscreen), as it influences the obtainment of vitamin D. If you train in hours where the sun hits more strong, look for sites with shadow to train.
Aspects to keep in mind when we train outdoors
It is important to remember that extreme personal care must be taken, such as wearing adequate breathable clothing and performing a good hydration, because in cold weather, although it does not look like it, we also lose a lot of liquid. It is recommended to combine a more aerobic background training, outdoor resistance (by running or cycling), and a more specific component in training to strengthen the muscles and perform soft stretching at the end. If you have any questions, it is recommended to ask a coach for help.
Encourage more people to come with you… or not!
All these practices can be done in individual or group sessions. Training alone reconnects us with ourselves, we focus more on our goal and the feeling of satisfaction to complete a good outdoor training. It makes us feel good and healthy, ready to face any obstacle of day to day.
Training in a group helps us relate to each other by giving us extra fun when doing this sporting activity in the company of other people. It has been proven that the level of endorphins (called hormones of happiness) that is generated by doing sports outdoors is greater than in a closed space, and if it is also done in a group with family or friends, the pleasure increases even more.
If you dare to get off the couch or leave your gym routine to try a workout outdoors, alone or accompanied, you will see in person all the benefits that we discussed in this article so … Put on your sneakers and tell us then about your Outdoor training experience!
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