Here’s why you should give it a bit more thought especially if like me you struggle a bit with the Winter Blues, Bootcamps/Outdoor Exercise Programs have been conclusively proven to Help the Happy vibes!
In a review of previous studies concluding that exercising outside provides additional mental benefits.
Researchers from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry analysed data comparing the effects of exercising inside with the effects of the same activity outdoors.
The team reported an overall improvement in mental wellbeing among fresh air exercisers, compared to their indoor counterparts. Using the natural environment as a gym reportedly engendered feelings of increased energy and positive engagement, as well as decreased tension and negativity. Importantly, this greater enjoyment of the exercise setting also increased likelihood of participants repeating the experience – promoting consistency in keeping active essential to your success.
Dr Jo Thompson-Coon, Research Fellow with the Peninsula CLAHRC, said, ‘By using the data currently available to us we have added strength to the link between mental and physical well-being and outdoor exercise’.
Get out and Get Happy!
Source: Environmental Science and Technology