Getting More Active OutdoorsPosted: March 21, 2013 in Getting Active by Craig Primack MD FACP
Spring is the best time to reevaluate your fitness efforts and renew your commitment to medical weight loss. Chandler and Scottsdale don’t get too cold in the winter, which makes it possible to head outside for a workout pretty much year-round. However, there is still something about the spring that brings out the happiness in all of us. The birds are chirping overhead, plants are coming back to life and a light breeze cools you down as you enjoy the sunshine.
It’s only been a few months since our New Year’s resolutions, but by this time most people have already let their goals slip away. There is no reason to leave your resolutions for another year. The beginning of the season is a great time to rekindle your weight loss efforts and find new motivation to get in shape. One way that you can renew your interest in your workouts is to take your exercise outside.
Getting Out More for Weight Loss
It can be hard to stay motivated to work out when you are heading to the same place day after day. This is why so many people fall into workout ruts after going to the gym repeatedly. After all, how exciting can one treadmill be? This is common, but it doesn’t need to signal the end of your medical weight loss program.
To lose weight and keep it off you need to keep up the positive habits. Taking your exercise routine outside can rejuvenate your interest in physical fitness while providing you with an array of mental and physical benefits.
Here are a few of the ways getting outside can benefit your health:
- Extra energy: Our bodies absorb vitamin D from the sun, and vitamin D can give you an added energy boost to help you power through your workout. In fact, a little bit of sunshine might even help reduce your desire for a second cup of coffee as you stick to your medical weight loss diet.
- Improved immune health: Vitamin D is also proven to strengthen the immune system, which means that it will reduce your risk of contracting illness and help your body stay strong as you work out.
- Manage stress: There are many studies that have looked into the connection between our minds and nature, and there is conclusive evidence that being outside can improve your spirits and reduce the effect of negative stress on your body.
Besides these benefits, working out in the great outdoors is a great way to make your fitness experience social and save money as you lose weight in Chandler and Scottsdale. Where are your favorite spots around town to exercise outside? Share your thoughts in a comment below.