Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Outdoors!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

With the warmer weather just around the corner what better excuse to get outside than to exercise!  Whether it’s taking a walk, going for a run, doing yoga or working out with your trainer DO IT OUTSIDE!  I did my first outdoor training session with my client yesterday and it was so much fun!  In today’s post I have come up with a list of 10 reasons why exercising outside is better than indoors…

1-It’s Free!-AWESOME!

2-No more boring cardio equipment-Instead of slugging away on the treadmill or the elliptical at the gym (*YAWN*) try going for a walk or run outside…you’ll be surprised how quick an hour goes by and it’s a much better workout!

3-Fresh air-Nothing beats the feeling of being outside 🙂

4-Vitamin D-We all know that we don’t get enough of this being stuck inside for most of the day, increase your Vitamin D intake naturally, you’ll feel better (and look better with a healthy tan!)

5-See the sights-There are so many things to see and do (especially in Ottawa), be a tourist a few days a week and get fit at the same time.  

6-Getting social-Sports leagues and teams are starting up soon so why not sign up for fun with your friends or make some new friends? OSP, OSSC, and City of Ottawa have some great programs that offer a wide variety of sports to choose from.

7-Fewer excuses-All it takes is getting dressed, tying up your shoes and walking out the front door…no excuse for missing your outdoor workout!

8-Doing something different boosts results-Doing the same routine at the gym everyday gets boring and becomes easy so changing your workout (taking it outdoors) will be a shock to your body which will eventually lead to positive changes in your body.  Check out this website for ideas on how to use a playground swing to workout! I’m definitely going to try this!

9-The options are endless-As you may have noticed from number 8 (swing workouts!?) there are many different ways to use your body and the equipment available outdoors.  Some suggestions are: stair climbing, hiking, inline skating, boot camps, cycling, running, yoga/pilates, outdoor plyometrics, team sports, body weight training, golfing, tennis, walking…the list goes on!

10-It’s way more fun-Obviously!! Any of my clients who have been lucky enough to train outdoors with me can vouch for me on this one.

Hopefully this post will inspire you to get outdoors and train at least once  a week.  Next week I will be posting videos (hopefully) of some exercises you can do outdoors with a resistance band so stayed tuned…but for now here is a picture I found on the internet of an exercise you can do using a park bench….lunges are my FAVOURITE lower body exercise…do 3 sets of 12-15 and you’ll know why I love these! 😉

Les 🙂



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