The weather is (fingers crossed) getting warmer - check out our 4 reasons why it's great to workout outside this summer.
1. You'll be able to run faster
As we've seen for June, Summertime can be unpredictable and sometimes pretty chilly in the morning. Still, grit your teeth, get out of bed and start running - running in the cold trains your body to use oxygen more efficiently. Research from Northern Arizona University found that after regular cold workouts, you can add 29% to your running speed. (Which is an even better excuse to continue into Fall and Winter!)
2. It increases your energy
Find yourself flagging mid-workout? Then take it outdoors. A study found that exercising al fresco has an overall positive effect on vitality, your sense of enthusiasm, aliveness, and energy.
3. You burn more calories
When you workout indoors you're making things a bit easier for yourself. Exercising outdoors means you have to work against the weather and mixed terrain, increasing your energy expenditure and your calorie burn.
4. It makes us happier
Summer is the perfect time to take your weather outdoors so you can let your body soak up vital Vitamin D. Just 20 minutes is enough to help combat against seasonal depression. Studies have shown that participants who exercise outdoors have increased energy and satisfaction levels and decreased levels of tension, depression and anger.