6 Reasons to Ditch the Gym and Exercise Outside

4. It's good to disconnect and be in nature. We spend essentially most of our days indoors using technology for work-related or personal reasons. It's way too easy for someone to spend days or weeks at a time barely going outside. It's always a good thing to stop and disconnect from our virtual worlds in order to step outside and soak up the benefits of the outdoors. Working out outside helps clear your mind while reducing stress. Being outdoors in an environment like the park also helps with focus, which will probably in turn help with your professional and personal life.

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5. It promotes higher vitamin D levels. Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin" has recently been proven to affect everything from cancer development to mental health. Many Americans are not getting sufficient vitamin D from spending too much time indoors. Overweight people are almost twice as likely to not get enough vitamin D. The more you absorb vitamin D through your skin from outside, the better your body is able to absorb it.

6. It just makes you feel good. Scottish researchers discovered that working out outside has a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than just going to the gym. Outdoor exercise is linked to stress reduction, a decrease in feelings of tension and anger, and less symptoms of depression.

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