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4 Reasons Your Family Should Spend More Time Outside

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Although exercise is essential for everyone, you do not necessarily need an exclusive gym membership to have an optimal workout. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day and exercising outdoors is as just beneficial (and much cheaper) than joining a gym. Below are four reasons you and your family should consider exercising outside this summer.

Fresh Air

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air we breathe indoors is almost twice as polluted as the air outside. Not only does exercising outdoors allow you to breathe in fresher air, but the sunlight also provides you with a natural dose of vitamin D. This essential vitamin plays an essential role in regulating calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and bones, controlling insulin levels, breathing and cardiovascular functions, and maintaining a robust immune and nervous system.

Mental Health Benefits

Exercising outdoors improve your physical health, and it is also a natural method to improve your moods. According to researchers, being physically active outdoors is effective at improving your self-esteem, decreasing anger and depression, as well as reducing tension and bouts of confusion.

Enjoying Nature

Unlike a traditional gym where the scenery is usually composed of exercise equipment and hordes of strangers, exercising outside allows you to enjoy the scenery nature has to offer and the beauty of your environment. When you take the time to exercise outdoors, you have the opportunity to notice plants and wildlife that are often overlooked, and you may even get the chance to become acquainted with other residents. Since nature tends to change rapidly, and often on a daily basis, you should never become bored because there is always something new to discover.

More Energy and Better Sleep

Regularly exercising outdoors also increases your energy levels throughout the day. Besides, exercising outdoors reduces anxiety levels which contribute to insomnia, and helps in the regulation of sleep patterns or circadian rhythms (the body’s natural clock) and help you get better sleep, and therefore, feel better throughout the day..

Bringing It All Together

Exercise is essential and should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. When your family exercises together, not only do you have the opportunity to become healthier, you also have the chance to bond while appreciating the world around you. It can also be helpful to join a gym as a family, in addition to exercising outside. If you and your family are looking for a great gym to join, look no further than Crossfit Citadel.

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