Mounting evidence shows major benefits of using outdoor gym equipment versus working out indoors. Key motivators include a better workout, cleaner air, and increased energy overall. Below are just a few examples of evidence supporting the positive impact of exercising in the great outdoors.
The Environmental Science & Technology journal published a systematic review on the subject. Interestingly, participants who worked out outdoors, versus indoors, experienced “greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy”. The study also found that participants who exercised outdoors reported a greater commitment to physical activity long term.
A study by researchers at the University of Essex found that even just five minutes of physical activity in a natural setting led to improved mood and self-esteem. Natural settings include parks and towns in cities equipped with outdoor workout equipment as well as more rural areas, like wooded trails.
Did you know, on average, both runners and bikers burn more calories when exercising outdoors versus indoors? A comparative study by researchers at the University of Brighton revealed that people who run outdoors expend more energy than those who run on the treadmill. Outdoor runners encounter additional challenges that are not encountered indoors, like higher inclinations and wind resistance.
An observational study on outdoor physical activity in older adults by the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at UCSD found that “minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity were significantly greater in those who were physically active at least once a week outdoors compared with those who were physically active indoors only,” indicating that individuals who work out outdoors, are more physically active overall.
Last but not least, working out outside is easier on your lungs. Reports by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveal significantly less pollution in the great outdoors versus indoors, even in large cities.
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