With Earth Day right around the corner, Two Fit Girls will be celebrating by getting active outdoors. Whether knocking out a morning workout on the beautiful beaches of North Carolina, running our local river trails or teaching bootcamps at nearby parks, we can’t help but be active and enjoy the sunshine.
Exercising outdoors and taking advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer us has many benefits, but these five can have the biggest impact on our health and happiness:
Outdoor workouts are usually free.
What fit girl (or guy) doesn’t love to save a little green in order to purchase the latest workout gear?
Your furry family members can join in on the fun.
There’s something about the companionship of man’s best friend that puts a smile on your face because they are just so happy to get out and play. Not to mention, as a health a coach and fitness trainers we often hear people mention their only workout is when they take their dog for a walk. So if the only reason you’re getting out is to have a fit and healthy dog, then go ahead and let the dogs out!
Exposure to a safe amount of sunlight is good for our health.
Research has shown the Vitamin D we produce from being out in the sun builds stronger bones by allowing our bodies to absorb more calcium. Additionally, WebMD has seen a decrease in high blood pressure in those who have increased their Vitamin D production by spending more time outdoors.
The fresh air and change of scenery beats the stale, stuffy environment of a big box gym any day.
“I love sprint intervals on the treadmill next to the person who forgot to put on deodorant,” said no one ever.
Your friends and your friends’ friends can join you!
If you’re as social and as passionate about about being healthy as we are, you can invite everyone to join you for a good workout without worrying about guest passes and group exercise class spots.
In honor of Earth Day, we challenge you to gear up and head outdoors to your favorite spot for a “green” workout! What are some of your favorite ways to get active outdoors?
Lauren Peper and Jennifer Broughton are the health coaches and personal trainers behind Two Fit Girls, a Raleigh, NC-based company specializing in health coaching, boot camps and healthy foods. To learn more about Two Fit Girls, join their fitness community on Facebook or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.