Benefits of Exercising Outdoor
At UWF we believe in the outdoor, the Oxygen, Vit D, space and silence
it brings with it.
Nature is a place where you can find your rhythm and flow.
5 scientifically proven benefits of spending time outdoor:
1. Your vitamin D levels will go up
Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because sunlight hitting the
skin begins the circuitous process — the liver and kidneys get involved
— that eventually leads to the creation of the biologically active form
of the vitamin.
Epidemiologic studies are suggesting it may have protective effects
against everything from osteoporosis to cancer to depression to heart
attacks and stroke.
Some limited sun exposure and some use of sunscreen when you are
out for extended periods, particularly during the middle of the day is
a good way to ge your hands on this Vitamin.
2. You’ll get more exercise
You don’t need to be outside to be active: millions of people exercise
indoors in gyms or at home on treadmills and elliptical trainers. Nor is
being outside a guarantee of activity. At the beach on a summer day
most people are in various angles of repose.
Still, there’s no question that indoor living is associated with being
sedentary, particularly for children, while being outdoors is associated
Here is a point to take home, British researchers used Global Positioning
System devices and accelerometers, which sense movement, to track the
activity of 1,000 children. They found that the children were more than
doubly active when they were outside.
If this is valid for kids why not for adults as well
3. You’ll be happier (especially if your exercise is ‘green‘)
Light tends to elevate people’s mood, and unless you live in a glass house
or are using a light box to treat seasonal affective disorder, there’s usually
more light available outside than in.
Physical activity has been shown to relax and cheer people up, so if being
outside replaces inactive pursuits with active ones, it might also mean more
smiles and laughter. Something which UWF promotes: smiles and laughter.
Researchers at the University of Essex in England are advancing the notion
that exercising in the presence of nature has added benefit, particularly for
In 2010 the English scientists reported results from a meta-analysis of their
own studies that showed just five minutes of green exercise resulted in
improvements in self-esteem and mood.
4. Your concentration will improve
Studies have been done on children thus researchers have reported that
children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors.
In the publication it is also mentioned that it’s a stretch to say it applies to
adults, even those who have an ADHD diagnosis. But if you have trouble
concentrating — as many do — you might see if some outdoor activity, the
greener the better, helps.
5. You may heal faster
University of Pittsburgh researchers reported in 2005 that spinal surgery
patients experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications
during their recoveries if they were exposed to natural light. An older study
showed that the view out the window (trees vs. a brick wall) had an effect
on patient recovery. Of course, windows and views are different than actually
being outside, but we’re betting that adding a little fresh air to the equation
couldn’t hurt and might help.
Source: Harvard Health Publication / “Spending time outdoors is good for you”, from the Harvard Health Letter 2010