Studies have shown that exercising outdoors is not only cheaper than enrolling for gym memberships, but also more beneficial, fun and intense. Getting in touch with nature has a positive effect on our sense of fulfillment and is effective in reducing our stress levels.

Research shows that people who exercise outdoors tend to exercise more often and more intensely. Moreover cycling, walking, hiking and swimming in the open provide benefits that can’t be matched by any other activity.

Gretchen Reynolds writes for The New York Times.

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The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

While the allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.

You stride differently when running outdoors, for one thing. Generally, studies find, people flex their ankles more when they run outside. They also, at least occasionally, run downhill, a movement that isn’t easily done on a treadmill and that stresses muscles differently than running on flat or uphill terrain. See full post here

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