10 Reasons to Dump Your Gym and Exercise Outside

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  1. You burn more calories and build more muscle when working out on unpredictable terrain.
  2. Nature’s obstacles challenge different muscles and force you to engage your core to stay balanced.
  3. Wind resistance can increase your exertion in a workout by as much as 10 percent.
  4. You get a real sense of accomplishment from walking, running, climbing, biking, etc., and actually getting somewhere. And with all that changing scenery, you’ll get to explore and discover new places.
  5. Outdoor workouts don’t require memberships, so your friends of the human and canine variety can give you some motivation and company.
  6. Sunlight gives you your daily dose of vitamin D, which can strengthen your immune system and bones, regulate blood pressure, provide calcium balance, and fight depression.
  7. Save money. You won’t have to spend your hard-earned dollars on a membership or gas to get to the gym.
  8. You’ll be less likely to get sick. Indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the fresh air outside, and you don’t have to worry about disinfecting sweaty weights and machines.
  9. It’s environmentally friendly—no gas, no electricity, no negative impact on the planet.
  10. People who exercise outdoors are more likely to work out longer and more frequently than those who exercise at the gym. When you’re outside, you’re less likely to get bored because you’re not staring at every ticking second of the clock. And when you enjoy the experience, you’re more likely to do it again.

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