Benefits of Exercising Outdoors
In the early morning before the heat of the Arizona sun takes hold, there is no better time to take the fitness aspect of your weight loss program outdoors. The gym is great when it’s too chilly outside to work out but when the sun is shining and the air is fresh exercising outdoors can revitalize your body and mind:
- Reality Escape – If you’re an indoor worker, getting away from artificial lights and stale air conditioners can have a positive impact on your mood and energy levels. A Scottish research study testing indoor and outdoor environments demonstrated 50 percent more positive feelings in people exercising outdoors. This was especially helpful in people suffering depression or anxiety.
- ‘Feel Good’ Endorphins – Exercising in the outdoors can help you experience higher levels of post-exercise endorphins. These endorphins produce a feeling of well being by functioning as natural pain relievers.
- Fresh Air – After spending most of your day in the office or at home, heading outside to work out in the fresh air can be invigorating. Fresh air has high negative-ion content—negative ions have been linked to increased alertness, improved well being and a lower resting heart rate. All of these are added benefits when you’re trying to lose weight.
- Vitamin D –Vitamin D from the sun helps promote Calcium absorption in the body. Calcium is a nutrient that helps strengthen bones, reduce systemic inflammation and boosts the immune system. After Scottsdale’s cold winter months, your Vitamin D levels have probably dropped so it’s time to work out in the sunshine to replenish your body’s levels while working on your tan.
- Fitness Variety – It’s easy to lose interest in your fitness routine if you’re constantly doing the same exercises at the gym. Exercising outdoors opens the door to countless outdoor routines that can still help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.
Head to the Park for Fitness and Fun
Scottsdale and Chandler are home to several established parks and recreational facilities that offer outdoor athletic and fitness programs. Take advantage of fitness trails and exercise circuits in public parks or head out on a walk along the mile circuit at Mescal Park or Nature Park with a walk along the Arizona Canal.
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are important aspects of your weight loss program but remember to have a little fun in Scottsdale and try exercising outside for a refreshing physical and mental break. It is important to always consult with your weight loss doctor before partaking in any new physical fitness regimen and make sure you are hydrating adequately and exercising in the cooler times of the day.
Exercise vs. Incidental Activity
When you are active, your body uses more calories, and this helps you maintain a healthy weight. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This is why regular activity is a fundamental component of any successful weight loss program.
There are two primary forms of physical activity, and both can help you control your weight. They are:
- Incidental activity
- Planned exercise
What is Low-Impact Activity?
Low-impact activities are exercises that require minimal force between the body and another object, such as the ground. This form of activity is generally regarded as a good starting place for those interested in becoming more physically active.
During a low-impact activity, the amount of stress placed on the joints, bones and muscles is much less than experienced with other forms of exercise. This helps to protect joints like the knees, hips and ankles from injury.
Benefits of Exercise
Adding an exercise routine to your medical weight loss program can encourage long-term weight management. Exercise encourages weight loss by burning calories, toning muscle and improving metabolic health.
Getting Started with Exercise
During your medical weight loss program, Dr. Primack, Dr. Ziltzer and Dr. Rodarte will provide you with the education and support to begin an exercise routine. Exercising is a key factor to optimizing and maintaining weight loss during your program, so it is important to get started and stick with it. Regular physical activity can not only help with your weight but also reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance, coordination, sleep habits and even your self-esteem. However, if you’re accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle, it may be difficult to determine just how to get started with physical activity.
Swimming while Trimming
A swimming pool might not be your first thought when you think about weight loss — but perhaps it should be, especially during the hot days in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Swimming is a one-of-a-kind workout. Not only is it a low-impact form of cardiovascular exercise, but it tones and firms muscles in a non-jarring way. It ignites metabolism, burns calories, trims inches and builds strength and stamina — all without stress on your joints. For instance, one hour of swimming laps burns more than 500 calories in a 200-pound person, according to the Mayo Clinic. Besides all of those beneficial factors, it’s a fun activity.
Walking for Health in Scottsdale
Scottsdale area residents who are participating in a medical weight loss program already have a great head start on dropping pounds quickly. To really jump-start their weight loss, many people choose to add walking to their exercise routines or even to use walking as their primary mode of exercise.