It’s no secret being active is good for your body and mind. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions. But did you know, there are additional benefits to taking your activity outdoors.
STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones. From around late March/early April to end of September, we should get most of our vitamin D from sunlight. Making sure you follow guidelines on minimising your risk of skin cancer, being outdoors will help you to absorb Vitamin D3.
BOOST YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING
Being active in the natural environment for just 5 minutes has a significant impact on your self-esteem and mood, with those suffering from mental health issues likely to have the most significant increase in self-esteem, as well as improvement in symptoms of depression. Exercising outdoors can also give you greater feelings of revitalisation and positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy .
IMPROVE JOINT STABILITY, CORE STRENGTH AND BALANCE
Being active on uneven surfaces will help to make your joints more stable and work deep core muscles harder. Activities such as paddleboarding and walking on uneven surfaces provide a low impact option; particularly important if you are already suffering from joint instability.
YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO STICK TO IT
Outdoor activities are fun and challenging. Exercising outdoors can make you more likely to stick to an activity than those exercising indoors.
YOU ARE ACTIVE FOR LONGER
Whether it’s a change in scenery, fresh air or the connection with the outdoors, many outdoor activities offer the opportunity to be active for longer – increasing your endurance – without the monotony of the same treadmill display, swimming pool floor or the confines of a hall.
Being active by the sea will provide additional benefits of helping you sleep better. The sea air is full of negative ions, which improve your ability to absorb oxygen .
Therefore, whether it’s getting out for a walk, going horseriding, gardening or something a bit more adventurous like the activities on page 6 – there are plenty of benefits to getting outdoors. Paddleboarding, paddleboard yoga and fitness and beach yoga are all available through Surfing Bird so get in touch if you’re looking for your next adventure firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness and Wellbeing Consultant at BirdSol and Founder of Surfing Bird.