A recent review carried out by a team at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in the UK has concluded that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from taking exercise outdoors.
The study found that “Most trials showed an improvement in mental well-being: compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression.
Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date.” The one area that the study did not measure was the long-term effects of exercise in natural environments and whether or not participants were able to stick to a routine.
Most of Health Jigsaw’s training sessions are conducted outdoors, which can make you feel invigorated, refreshed and alive. They also provide most people with a change of environment in their day, from an air-conditioned office to the fresh air of the local parks, ovals, beaches or even their own backyard. Being outdoors can also help increase your body’s stores of vitamin D.