When the pandemic started, you may have had the best intentions of using your time to get fit. However, with a variety of challenges filling your time, don't feel bad if you have yet to start over a year later. The good news is it's never too late and now is the ideal time to find a fitness routine that works for you.
Getting outdoors means ample space for social distancing and fresh air, which are important for health and safety reasons, but the benefits of outdoor fitness don't stop there. According to research published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, outdoor exercise has physical and mental benefits. In the report, when compared with exercising indoors, exercising outside in natural environments resulted in:
These results aren't surprising to CEO and Founder of Moms on the Run Karissa Johnson, a structured fitness program for women of all ages. She said there are basic evidence-based health benefits of nature contact, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, improved mental health and higher life satisfaction, among others.
"Add in the benefits of exercise, and being physically active outdoors offers so many positives," said Johnson. "Finding an exercise activity to do outside can really make a big difference in how you feel, whether that's doing something you enjoy or trying something new."
Whether you have experience or not, Johnson suggests exploring running with a local group to help you get outdoors and get fit. Moms on the Run is one option that helps you learn to run with a group of other like-minded women. These groups are led by instructors so you know exactly what to do no matter where you are on your fitness journey. Groups meet at parks in cities nationwide and you can join at any time, with new signature training sessions often starting up in spring and fall. Learn more at www.momsontherun.com.
Why choose group outdoor fitness? There are many reasons to buddy up rather than trying it alone:
Are you ready to get outside and reap the benefits of outdoor exercise? The fresh air and open spaces are ready to inspire your personal fitness journey.