With the days getting warmer, it is hard to stay inside, especially at the gym. Luckily, a workout outside is possible and has many added benefits. Whether you want to do cardio or body weight exercises, there are ways to make it work and gain even better results than your average gym session.

The environment is different.

Doing the same movement all the time in the gym can be tedious and can even lead to injury from overuse. Exercising outside can be done at different and exciting locations to keep your workout interesting. The different terrains can help the body adjust and strengthen connective tissues to prevent injury as well.

There are many options.

When initially exercising outdoors, it may seem like there isn’t much to do. However, there are many different workouts you can do without machines. Some of these include climbing stairs/bleachers, sprints, body weight ab, arm, and leg exercises, and biking. Biking is especially popular this time of year with Bike to Work Day on May 17th, 2019. This day encourages individuals to be outdoors and active with a healthy and safe alternative to driving to work. There are even pit stops that offer refreshments, giveaways, and a raffle prize.

It saves you money!

Gym prices can be high depending on the services they offer. If you are creative with your workouts and trying to save money, an outdoor workout could be just as effective.

The benefits aren’t only physical.

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors could result in increased energy, decreased tension, decreased anger, and decreased depression.

More information about Bike to Work Day:

  • Participate in Bike to Work Day on May 17th, 2019 for a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work!
  • Biking is a great exercise that can get your heart pumping without a large impact on your joints
  • Set small goals for biking to ease into it. Practice makes perfect!
  • Try biking to places you go to on a regular basis that are close by
  • Be aware of the signs of heatstroke in the case of an emergency: nausea, muscle cramps, fatigue, and/or vomiting.

Sources: American Council of Exercise, Mayo Clinic. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.