3 Great Outdoor Workouts
Intense, creative and challenging workouts outdoors will keep your body toned and your mind invigorated. Research has proven that as humans we have an innate attraction to nature and that reverting to our ancestor's habits of being outside more often can boost our mental as well as physical health. Outdoor activity gives a sense of accomplishment and euphoria that people might not experience from a session at the gym. It appeals to all the senses and will ultimately boost your self-confidence as you begin to appreciate what your body can achieve.
Mountain biking performance demands leg-strength endurance, aerobic capacity, and upper-body strength to maneuver the bike and when done on a regular basis it can improve your level of fitness in some dramatic ways. Mountain bikers can burn as many as 1000 calories per hour depending on the terrain, and the intensity and speed at which they ride. That's on par with running, which is widely considered to be one of the most calorically demanding types of exercise.
Whether you're leading a multi-pitch trad route or bouldering, climbing works the legs, arms, back, shoulders, and even the mind. Rock climbing is a full body workout that incorporates as much balance and finesse as it does strength. Climbing outdoors also has been proven to further lower stress levels as climbers are more exposed to the sun and Vitamin D.
Trail running requires intense focus. Even if you’ve hit the same six-mile path for years on end, it’s going to require that you watch where you’re going carefully. This kind of focus is exhilarating and energizing. What’s more, the trail doesn’t have all of the roadblocks, stop lights and cars to watch out for, making it easier to get in the zone and enjoy a more streamlined run. Heading out on a trail instead of pavement is appealing for other reasons as well. Trail running offers a number of benefits that can help you enjoy your running more, protect yourself from injuries, and even improve your race times on the roads and on the track. Studies show that running on uneven terrain causes you to take shorter, quicker strides and land more on the forefoot than the heel adding up to fewer injuries.
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