Get a natural energy boost with outdoor fitness equipment.

Studies show those who workout have significantly higher energy levels than those who do not. A study by researchers at the University of Georgia analyzed the link between exercise and energy level, dividing participants into groups for comparison. Over a six week period, one group participated in 20 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks, the second group completed low-intensity exercise at the same frequency as the first group, and the last group, i.e. the control group, did not exercise at all.

Researchers conducted eleven additional studies analyzing epidemiological evidence of physical activity and feelings of energy and fatigue. The results were overwhelmingly consistent across the board. Study participants displayed higher levels of energy after regularly engaging in exercise. The low and moderate intensity exercise groups experienced a twenty percent increase in energy levels when compared to the control group. Both exercise groups also demonstrated significantly lower levels of fatigue when compared to the group that did not exercise.

Perhaps the most notable finding was that the exercise provided participants with more energy than the use of stimulants, including caffeine and medications used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

Study author Patrick O’Conner explains, “A lot of people are overworked and not sleeping enough. Exercise is a way for people to feel more energetic. There’s a scientific basis for it, and there are advantages to it compared to things like caffeine and energy drinks.” When people exercise outdoors, the impact is even more significant. Just twenty minutes outside have been shown to boost energy levels as much as having a cup of coffee.

Outdoor fitness equipment is a great way to promote healthy exercise habits, particularly when located in a community living or public green space where people can walk or bike to and from the equipment.

At Pro Playgrounds, we offer a wide variety of outdoor fitness equipment, including full boot camp fitness courses as well as independent fitness items like the chest press, glider, pendulum swing, leg press and more. All can benefit from having accessible exercise areas, young and old alike, and the community as a whole benefits when our neighbors are healthy.