Exercising is sometimes the last thing we want to spend our time doing. But if you are in the right setting it can be a little more tolerable. Some prefer only working out at a gym while others go for a run through their neighborhood every morning. There are pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor workouts that this article points out very clearly. If you haven’t been able to decide where you like to exercise most, this might help you do that.
This time of year, debating between hitting the gym and kicking it outside can be as tricky as choosing between hot or iced coffee. Here to make your life easier? Research. Check out the perks and pitfalls of both, so you can get exactly what you want from your workout.
- Perk: More Intensity. Without natural distractions that are annoying (gah, wind) or cool (what a view!), you can laser-focus on your routine, allowing you to maintain your level of ferocity.
- Perk: Better Results. Increased intensity brings greater physiological changes, as in more fat loss and a stronger cardiovascular system.
- Pitfall: Are We Done Yet? There’s not much stimulation to keep you motivated on the treadmillthough endorphins, in any setting, do help. (Beat workout boredom with Women’s Health’s Ignite routine by 2015 Next Fitness Star Nikki Metzger!)
- Perk: Reduced Stress. Studies show people have less anxiety after exercising alfresco. Green spaces are inherently calming, giving your antsy mind a rest.
- Perk: Stick-to-it-iveness. That soothing feeling? It’s pretty addictive. If you’re starting a new program, begin outside to lock down the habitthen take it indoors when temps plummet.
- Pitfall: Ugh, Rain. You have to prepare yourself for unexpected variables that may cramp your game. Not ideal if you’re training for speed.