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Why You Should Exercise Outdoors

Gym-haters rejoice: Outdoor workouts are the way to go!
1. You burn more calories when you exercise outside.

"Resistance from the wind when running or cycling outdoors means you often burn more calories than if you were indoors," says Simon Cowen, Fitness First PT Ambassador. "And slopes and uneven ground make your body work harder as it has to respond to the unknown," he adds. So, basically, doing nothing different but taking your workout outside makes it LOADS more effective. Amazing.

2. Outdoor workouts are awesome for your mood.

"Numerous pieces of research show a clear connection between spending time outdoors and a reduction in stress. Plus, fresh air and increased oxygen helps release the feel-good brain chemical serotoninmeaning your outdoor training sessions not only help keep you fit and healthy, they put you in a fantastic mood too," says Simon.

3. The scenery stops you from getting bored.

Real talk: No matter how much you love Scott Disick, watching the Kardashians over and over from the cross trainer does get a bit dull. "The beauty of exercising outdoors is the space you're in. Running through different scenery means you have a lot to look at, so you're less likely to get bored and end up exercising for longer, almost by accident," says Simon. Not only that: When the weather's right, who wants to be cooped up in a gym?