Outdoor Exercise & Healthy Competition

Do you get bored on the treadmill? Would you rather be breathing in fresh air while exercising? With the summer months upon us, many people take advantage of the weather and move their workouts outside. Mixing in a bit of healthy competition with your outdoor exercise is a great way to keep you motivated!

There are many options for healthy competition. You could train to compete in a 5k, register for a Tough Mudder obstacle course, or join a soccer or softball team. Registering for an event or joining a team helps to keep you accountable and determined. Start a friendly competition with your coworkers to see who can get the most steps in a week or train for a race with a friend.

You may be on board with incorporating competition, but you might be wondering, “Why exercise outdoors?” A recent study found that those who exercised outside exercised longer and more often than those working out indoors. Another research team analyzed data from more than 800 adults and found that outdoor exercise was associated with increased energy, as well as decreased anger, depression, and tension, when compared with exercising indoors. Those are great reasons to get outside and get moving!

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