Why train outdoors
Why training outdoors burns more calories

Exercising outdoors has shown to burn far more calories than exercising indoors!

Why?  Because people who exercise indoors face no wind resistance, changes in terrain or adverse weather conditions to make their bodies battle harder during their workout.  So even in winter when the weather is at it's worse, just by being outside you are already working harder than those inside!  In fact, the worse the weather, the more calories you are burning!

And if that wasn't enough, here's 5 more great reasons why exercising outside is better for us:

Endorphins – we’ve all heard of these (the thing which makes us feel good!) and we know we get them from exercise but did you know people who train outside experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins?  And not only will you feel better about yourself after an outdoor workout than you would an indoor one, did you know they also act as natural pain-relievers! Win win!

Fresh Air – sounds obvious and we can all recall our parents encouraging us outside for that all important “fresh air” but it’s benefits are far greater than you think.  Not only is it invigorating and refreshing the high oxygen levels generated by this gorgeous stuff also increase efficiency of almost all the reactions in your body – from weight loss, improved sleep, reduced anxiety and lowering your resting heart rate, yep they are all accelerated by fresh air.  How refreshing!

Serotonin – helps you feel calm, alert and able.  Exposure to the outdoor world boosts serotonin - so you’ll feel good about yourself and calm - ready to face the world! 

Vitamin D – this comes from natural sunlight which helps promote the absorption of calcium providing strength to the bones, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.  Now you can’t get that in the gym!

Variety- this is so important if you are to sustain any exercise routine, and exercising outdoors gives you far more space and flexibility to perform exercise routines and work muscles functionally –things that just can’t be achieved in a gym.

So next time you think about missing a session because it’s a bit cold or wet, get your outdoor kit on and get out there knowing that you will be burning far more calories than someone sweating it out in a gym!

Parkfit – we know what we’re talking about!