Burning calories is burning calories, right? No matter if you’re doing it outside or inside. Well, that might not be exactly true. Here at Cuujii, we’re fans of exercising because we understand the benefits that it has on our bodies.
However, a study from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry talked about the mental benefits of exercising outdoors which – would be an added plus.
Dr. Jo Thompson-Coon, PenCLAHRC Research Fellow, commented: “The hypothesis that there are added beneficial effects to be gained from exercising in the natural environment is very appealing and has generated considerable interest. By using the data currently available to us we have added strength to the link between mental and physical well-being and outdoor exercise, but further research and longer, tailor-made and focused trials are needed to better understand this link.”
To come to this conclusion, Peninsula researchers, in collaboration with the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, analyzed data from 11 different studies comparing the results of over 800 adults who exercised outdoors to those who worked out in doors.
The results were that those who exercised outside saw an improvement in their mental well being and felt more revitalized. They also enjoyed their workouts more, if you’re more interested in working out, you’ll see better results because you won’t completely dread it.
That being said, we had some readers comment about how runners (who often run outdoors) tended to look old for their age. Sun and wind damage was a major reason behind this which makes this a tricky situation. On one hand, you can exercise outside and be happy. Unfortunately, you’ll risk sun damage, windburn, and dealing with laugh lines and crows feet because you’ll be in such a gosh darn good mood.
While the safe bet might be to workout inside, if working out outside will improve your mood, it seems like it’s worth the risk. It doesn’t make sense to be free of wrinkles and weather damage if you’re hating your indoor workouts and not getting the most out of it. Whatever you choose, it’s just good to workout in general, outside or inside. Your body will appreciate the workout and it’ll show as time goes on.