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Posted: 3 years ago
If a lack of this is your downfall, stick to indoor exercise as you’re probably good at finding excuses; ‘you don’t want to throw bad weather into the mix, so staying inside makes sense.’ says Dalton Wong of TwentyTwoTraining.
We work out better, and harder, as a pack (in classes or gyms alongside the like-minded), add to that the extra surge of the happy hormone, serotonin, it gives and it becomes group therapy for the mind and body.
‘Cold training, as in lowering the body temperature by cranking up the air con – or even wearing little ice packs – burns more fat as the body has to burn up calories to compensate,’ says Dalton Wong. ‘Alternatively, to stretch out and lengthen the muscles we use heat training.’
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It helps us find a steady running, cycling or weight lifting rhythm, plus new studies show that working out to a body-beautiful signer motivates us even more – with Beyoncé, Rhianna and J-Lo topping the list.’
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People who exercise outdoors ‘are more likely to repeat that activity’ according to research. One thought is that the ‘green gym’ is more mentally and physically satisfying, make us want to go back for more.
Exercising outside with a change in scenery is proven to stimulate the mind, while diverting your thoughts from the job in hand.
Races aren’t just for Olympians, they’re the easiest, most popular way to motivate you to walk, jog or run. ‘It’s the most tangible goal we can give ourselves, plus reaching the finish line makes all that hard training so worthwhile,’ says Lisa Jackson, author of Running Made Easy.
Exercising outdoors increases energy and positivity, while decreasing stress, tension and anger. Plus, there’s also the (scientific) fact that we’re upping our levels of vitamin D, the happy vitamin, which we naturally soak up from the sun.
The best antidote to a day of meetings, or a crowded commute is some time out in the big outdoors; going from the office straight to an over populated gym could be adding to your stress. Think about it.
The same distance run outside, as opposed to on a treadmill, can burn up to three times as many calories. Running against wind, heat or cold, and across different terrains means you work that much harder; twice as hard on grass, three times on sand and four times on snow. Plus running on natural surfaces means we constantly engage the small, usually hard to reach, muscles which give that beautiful definition.