Ready to take your exercise outdoors? The first warm weekend of spring has finally arrived in northeastern Wisconsin, and many of us can’t wait to take our routine outside. There are a number of good reasons to do so.
* Exercising outside reduces stress: according to a report published in Environmental science and technology, 71 percent of people feel less stressed after a thirty minute walk.
* Exercising outside is more enjoyable: the change of scenery keeps you involved longer, and makes the activity more fun. Being outside also means you’re more likely to exercise with friends or among other people, that can add to the enjoyment.
* Exercising outside helps your body: breathing in fresh air increases the oxygen to your brain and blood cells. That results in better mental clarity, and greater energy to the body.
* Exercising outside exposes you to sunshine – spending 30 minutes in sunlight can give you nearly a day’s supply of vitamin D through skin exposure. But be careful, we all know that too much can raise the risk of skin cancer, not to mention a painful burn.
There are a number of different options for getting exercise outdoors: walking, running, participating in sports, engaging in yard work.
If you are looking for something a little different this season, check out the ElliptiGo. Part elliptical machine, part bicycle, it mimics the motion of running without the impact, and allows you to get out of the gym. Anderson Cooper recently tried one out on his show when checking out the newest fitness trends for 2013. We imagine he would have had even more fun exercising with the machine outdoors!
Want to try out the sensation for yourself? Try one out at MGL Fitness, 500 Pilgrim Way in Green Bay, just off Ashland Avenue. Or give us a call at 800-335-2770. Hope to see you