A review of existing studies found that exercising outdoors showed an addition benefit of mental well-being compared with indoor exercise. Outdoor activity was associated with increased energy and a sense of revitalization, as well as decreased anger, confusion, and symptoms of depression.
Also, people taking part in outdoor activity said they were more likely to engage in that activity in the future.
I love being outdoors! If I have a choice, I will usually choose to exercise outside. Even if the weather is nasty, I would rather be out in it than in a gym on a treadmill. (but that’s just me)
One of the reasons I love exercising outdoors is that it somehow gives my mind the space to wander. It energizes me and calms me at the same time.
Back when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and throughout my treatments, this was so important to me. The exercise was great, but I also loved the sense of well-being I got from being out in nature. There was something so comforting to me about seeing all the faces of nature: beautiful, wicked weather, death and decay, and new life. Somehow it made whatever I was facing seem more natural. It was just another part of life, or at least my life – not unlike a tree that gets split but continues to struggle to live, sending out new shoots seeking light.
I always stress that you should do activities that you enjoy and that you’re most likely to continue to do. If getting on the treadmill for 45 minutes a day is what will get it done for you, then keep doing that. But try adding in a walk outside once in a while. You might find it helps in more ways than just exercising your body.