Exercising outside offers the benefit of cleaner air quality while you’re huffing and puffing. “In the FLU PANDEMIC of 1918,” says Dr. Turknett, “some patients were nursed in open-air tents, and they found those patients fared better than those who stayed indoors, due to the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.”
COVID-19 SPREADS EASILY IN GYMS, CDC FINDS
If you're going to work out at an indoor gym, you — and everyone around you — needs to be wearing a mask. That's the message sent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in two reports detailing outbreaks at workout facilities, both of which occurred due to lack of adequate protections.
SO, IS IT REALLY OK TO WORKOUT INDOORS? HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
ACCORDING TO THE CDC IF POSSIBLE, OPT FOR AN OUTDOOR WORKOUT
While the CDC provided guidance for fitness studios and patrons regarding indoor workouts, authors Kass and Adalja concluded that, "exercising outdoors could further reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk." Both Kass and Adalja said they would recommend opting for an outdoor class, but neither think that a low-risk trip to the gym is out of reach. "You have to have certain mitigation measures in place to make it safe," says Adalja.
MOVEMENT OUTDOORS IS INTRINSICALLY TIED TO OUR HUMANITY. FOR 99% OF HUMAN HISTORY, NOT ONLY HAVE WE LIVED OFF THE LAND AND SOUGHT NATURE FOR BASIC SURVIVAL AND HEALTH, BUT ALSO FOR PLEASURE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TOO.
Exercise itself is important, we all know that, but what are the benefits of exercising outside? Is it possible one could receive additional benefits simply by taking it outside? Evidence seems to support the fact that outdoor activity kicks in some additional benefits when it comes to exercise. Research shows that exercising outdoors can actually increase the benefits you derive from activity.
According to a study at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, there are tons of health benefits of exercising outside. Dr. Michael Depledge, senior author on the study, explains, “Our research, which brings together data from a wide variety of sources, adds significant weight to the case for spending more time in the natural environment as members of the public and their clinicians fight to counteract the negative outcomes of modern living, such as obesity and depression.”
ShaNay Norvell, a certified fitness instructor who leads classes at Cancer Wellness, shares her take on workout outdoors. “If you’re going through cancer treatment, getting outdoors can be part of the healing process,” says Norvell. So, with that in mind, what are the additional and amazing benefits of exercising outside over doing the same old, same old at your local fitness facility?