The benefits of exercising outside

(BPT)—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:

* Greater feelings of revitalization
* Increased energy
* Positive engagement
* Higher enjoyment and satisfaction
* Decrease in tension, confusion, anger and depression
* Higher


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