Do you commute to the gym to workout?
Have you ever considered what you’re missing out on by not exercising outdoors and in nature?
Do you love that feeling you get during and after doing outdoor activities?
Outdoor exercise is where it's at! Cardio can be done on or off the road, on a bicycle, in the pool or ocean, or even with a jump rope in the backyard. Turn your weights session into an outdoors calisthenics routine a couple of times a week. Here’s what's great about exercising outdoors:
Being outdoors in nature makes people feel a greater sense of well-being. Several studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology have shown that participants who enjoyed outdoors activity more scored significantly higher on tests measuring vitality and energy, and lower in anger and depression.
Being outdoors means you’re less likely to think about whether you’re tired, how long you’ve got left to go, and whether you want to call it quits. As a result people who exercise outdoors generally burn more calories and work out an average of 12% harder due to not being stuck in a stationary gym setting.
Breathing fresh air helps to clean out the lungs and increases oxygen supply to your cells. Exhaling is extremely cleansing, and helps to remove airborne toxins from your body. Fresh quality air and oxygen can boost your immune system, and energize you more than a cup of coffee!
Getting exposed to sunshine can help you to sleep better, improve immune function, and increase endorphin production (the feel-good hormones!). On top of this, Vitamin D is not only THE most important supplement, it is one of the most forgotten. Without Vitamin D, we’d be dead. Vitamin D acts on over 1000 different genes, and is the surface on which testosterone, estrogen, and human growth hormone are built.
Over 70% of people overestimate how much they’ll use the gym when they purchase their membership. That means that only 30% are hitting all your gym targets! Wasted money? Being outdoors is free. Nature doesn’t cost anything. Even if you were to go without your gym membership for only 6 months of the year, you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars.
When you're putting together your New Years resolutions for 2017, how about adding more outdoor exercise to your list?
Let’s start things off with a small bit of advice. Start using your travel journal before your trip.
Seriously, you’ll realise how important it is, when you are looking back at your adventures, to record even the slightest bit of planning to ensure that your trips have meaning and purpose.
Before all the memories and ticket stubs begin to flood the pages of your journal, make a list of things you want to see, food you want to try, or dedicate a page to language phrases you can use on the daily.
Fresh out of university after four years studying ecology, zoology and conservation genetics, I was well and truly ready for an adventure.
I wanted to book a plane ticket, pack my bags and head out the door as soon as possible.
But two things were stopping me. Firstly, money. Spending four years studying doesn’t mean you’re exactly raking in the cash. Secondly, when I got back and started looking for jobs, what would an employer think of a recent lengthy, self-indulgent holiday?
Then a solution came to me:
Why not combine some adventurous traveling with work experience?
In THE POWER OF MYTH by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers (1988), Campbell states that “Chief Seattle was one of the last spokesmen of the Paleolithic moral order. In about 1852, the United States Government inquired about buying the tribal lands for the arriving people of the United States.”
“The President in Washington sends word he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?”
- Chief Seattle