If you want to get as many benefits as possible from your workout, you might want to skip the gym.
‘Physical activity in natural environments is associated with a reduction in the risk of poor mental health to a greater extent than physical activity in other environments,’ the study’s authors wrote.
Want to make a lasting impact on your mental health?
Just use a natural environment for your workout every week.
‘Each additional use of a natural environment per week is associated with about a 6% lower risk of poor mental health,’ the study’s authors wrote.
As a cyclist, I have to agree with this study. I feel much more relaxed and at ease outdoors than I do on a stationary bike. The few times I’ve attempted becoming a regular gym-goer, I wasn’t able to stick with it due to boredom, but I ride my bike every day without even thinking about it.
Maybe it’s because I live in the city, but anytime I get the opportunity to exercise in nature, I take it.
What do you think? Do you prefer exercising outdoors? Do you find you feel more relaxed and calm after a workout in nature as opposed to the gym?
-Katharine Watts, Associate Web Editor