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#FitbitSummer: Benefits of Exercising Outside

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This summer, we’ll be featuring tips, exercises and workout routines encouraging you to get outside and get fit in the summer sun!

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It’s no surprise that being outside, basking in natural light and breathing fresh air is good for your health. Study after study have found that natural light and outdoor time can boost both mental and physical health. From strengthening your immune system, elevating mood, decreasing stress and even speeding up recovery time for ill patients, the great outdoors is doing nothing short of handing out free health.

We’ve encouraged this before but as it turns out, earth, air and sun have even more to offer – these beauties can have a positive impact on your workout. Getting active (regardless of the setting or activity) adds to the good and subtracts from the bad when it comes to mental health. And taking your workout “out” enhances all those positive benefits.

…exercising outside has even greater physical benefits than indoor activities.

So if an outdoor workout can help you between the ears, what about the rest of your body? Recent studies have shown that exercising outside has even greater physical benefits than indoor activities. For example, running and cycling outside tend to require more energy than using a treadmill or stationary bike. Changes in terrain and wind resistance add a whole lot of challenge and variety to an otherwise stable workout.

By getting outdoors, many people increase workout intensity, length, frequency, and enjoyment – it’s almost too good to be true.

Even better, regular outdoor exercisers tend to workout longer and more frequently than those doing similar routines indoors.

By getting outdoors, many people increase workout intensity, length, frequency, and enjoyment – it’s almost too good to be true. And while we’re not ones to encourage jumping on the bandwagon, this trend worth getting behind.

So while the days are long and the weather is warm, try taking your workout outside and feel the benefits for yourself. Be sure to share your thoughts and workouts with us in the comments or on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest using #FitbitSummer, or in the comments below. And stay tuned for some great outdoor summer workout ideas to come!

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