The warmer weather is here – Time to exercise in the fresh air!

With the weather warming and the days becoming longer and brighter, this is the perfect time of year to take your workout into the great outdoors. Instead of hitting the gym this week, switch it up and exercise in the fresh air!

Here are four good reasons why you should.

It’s mentally stimulating.

In addition to your sessions at Genesis, take your workout outside and stimulate your mind as well as your body. Mixing up your environment is great to keep your mind and body stimulated! Outside you’re able to people-watch, bird-watch, and be amongst nature. A well-located outdoor workout will keep your attention elsewhere while you stretch, squat, jump, and bend.

Your body will work harder.

You’re pretty limited on the treadmill and elliptical. Even though you can adjust the incline, nothing beats the complex terrain of the outdoors. Moving your own body forward rather than running in place with a rollinw belt beneath you forces more exertion, improves balance and agility, and burns more calories. Wind resistance can also help you to use more energy. Working out outside promotes ‘muscle confusion’ that helps your body to burn more calories.

You get out in the sunshine.

Exposure to the sun’s rays releases the serotonin hormone in the brain. This is associated with boosting your mood and helping you to feel calm and focused. What’s more, the fresh air will give you energy! Just 20 minutes of working out outside is equivalent to drinking one cup of coffee in regards to its energy-boosting effects. This combined with the endorphins your body releases when you exercise will lift your mood.

It’s good to disconnect.

We spend essentially most of our days indoors using technology for work-related or personal reasons. It’s incredibly easy to spend days or weeks at a time barely going outside! Outdoor workouts help to reduce stress and disconnect from the demands of technology. Being outdoors in an environment like a park will help with focus, which may improve your professional and personal life.

At Genesis Performance & Fitness, our focus is on improving the quality of your life outside of the gym. We build a foundation for fitness and vitality through a science-based approach to wellness that extends beyond the walls of the gym and outside of the two to four hours you spend training each week. Our passion and our mission are to help you live life without limitation. LIFE — when you leave the gym and exist in the world. To get started on your personalized fitness plan, contact us today.