The Benefits of Training Outside

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Training outside is not only fun, it can also have a positive effect on your physical and mental health. Exercising outdoors, especially in a green space, can help you to relax, improve your mood and top up your vitamin D levels. It could also make you more likely to stick to your workout routine long-term.

Read on to find out more about the benefits of training outside!

  • It can boost your mood

  • Exercising outside in a green space can help to improve your mood and even increase your self-esteem, says researchers. A host of studies have demonstrated that being outdoors and in green spaces can help you to relax, while reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help alleviate depression.

  • Improve your brain function

  • As well as the relaxing effects of outdoor training, spending more time outside could also improve your brain function. A 2017 study demonstrated that exercising in a natural environment improved concentration and attention levels of the participants. Another study of adults over the age of 50 showed that outdoor exercise, in this case cycling, helped to improve their cognitive function, as well as their mental health.

  • Increase your Vitamin D levels

  • Training outside can also give you a Vitamin D boost. Vitamin D is important for a range of different processes in the body, including healthy function of the immune system, hormone regulation and bone strength. For athletes, vitamin D can help increase muscle strength, improve physical performance and prevent injuries.

    Research has shown that athletes who train indoors are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency than those who train outside. Training outside, even for one hour a week, can help to reduce the risk of vitamin D deficiency.

  • It gives you more energy!

  • Training outside can also have a big impact on your energy levels! A 2018 study found that walking and being outdoors in nature reduces feelings of tiredness while boosting your energy levels. 

    An American study of college students also found that walking outside was more energising than walking on a treadmill, even with the addition of a virtual reality headset. This means that training outside is both relaxing and energising, making it a really powerful tool for regulating your mood.

  • You’re more likely to want to do it again!

  • If you’re looking to stick to your training plan, going outside is a really good idea! A 2016 study found that exercising outside in a green space not only improves your attention, it also makes you more likely to want to exercise again in the future!

    Exercise is linked to higher levels of enjoyment and satisfaction and feelings of revitalization. The psychological benefits of exercising in nature can be felt in as little as 5 minutes! So next time you’re training, why not head outside?