This Is Why You Should Get Outside For Your Next Workout

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.

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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 fitness expert, David Jack.

Studies have shown that not only are perceived exertion lower and enjoyment greater when exercising outdoors, but outdoor training 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.

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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. And if you’re not sure what to pack on your hike we have you covered. Skip the bread rolls, and keep these superfoods handy. They’ll keep you energised throughout the trip plus loading you up with a whole host of nutrients.

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But if you’re keen to exert more energy while engaging in outdoor training, we’ve got you covered. It’s summer now, and many of us are heading to the beach to unwind. This log workout by certified strength and conditioning coach, Ebenezer Samuels, can help you maintain your fitness and get some serious gains while you’re at it. Log some gains, while you log off from your computer screens.

Alternatively try this sample workout from our Speedshred programme. Former MH editor, Arthur Jones, performed the workout while on holiday in Mauritius and it ensured he came back as fit as ever. (Sign up for the 12 week programme to get even better results)

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If you need someone to keep you accountable, rope in your partner for your outdoor training. Studies show that partners who work out together are more likely to maintain their fitness goals than those who exercise independently. And if you’re hoping to burn fat and build muscle, this workout by personal trainer and sevens rugby player, Riaan O’Neill, bring you closer to your goals and your partner.

Article originally published on , additional reporting by Megan Flemmit.

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