If you’re someone who toils away in the gym while you await the spring, you might want to put on a brave face and start hitting the pavement/trails/grass no matter the weather.
Besides just the fresh air, varied terrain, and generous doses of vitamin D it offers, research shows that exercising outdoors is better for your mental health than exercising indoors.
A team of researchers at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in the UK analyzed existing studies looking at the benefits of outdoor exercise and concluded that it does offer added health benefits, including a greater feeling of revitalization and increased energy, along with a decrease in tension, confusion, anger and depression.
In addition, the researchers also found that study participants enjoyed outdoor exercise more and felt they’d be more likely to repeat it than they would an indoor exercise – suggesting that the mental boost it offers could lead to an increase in physical benefits.
So, improve your health, and get out there today!