This Is Why You Should Get Outside For Your Next Workout


Kirsten Macnab |

Make your next workout less of a stressor

High-intensity, butt-busting, multi-exercise workouts are great for staying in shape and building the body of your dreams, but they do require focus and energy. With all the average person has going on in their daily lives—work, lack of sleep, family commitments, and constant stimulus from technology—sometimes getting up for a tough workout is just another stressor.

You know that feeling. You drag your butt to the gym, and no matter what you do, you just can’t get your engine revving. Your mind and body are begging for a break. That’s when it’s time to simplify and get outside. “Get away from the stress of life,” says David Jack, Men’s Health training advisor.

Studies have shown that not only are perceived exertion lower and enjoyment greater when exercising outdoors, but outdoor activity lowers stress hormones like cortisol.

Jack suggests going for a hike. You can add challenges to hiking with a backpack, handheld weights, or a weighted vest.

If you don’t have access to hiking trails, find something else that gets you outside: taking the dog for a long walk, biking, or exploring your town on foot. The point is to get fresh air, sun, and quiet time with yourself.

After all, looking great is important, but so is feeling that way. Using exercise to recharge yourself mentally is just as important as getting that six pack. It’s definitely a much more productive way to reboot than sitting in front of the TV with a pint of ice cream.

Article originally published on menshealth.com

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