Sometimes it’s nice to mix up your routine when you’re finding yourself in an exercise rut. There’s something so great about being outdoors with the wind in your face and a bigger stride than could never be replicated on a treadmill.
I am so guilty of exercising indoors now that I live in Sydney. When I lived on the coast I would do most of my daily exercise outside. We lived within walking distance of the beach, so we took advantage of that.
Now that I train at Virgin Active, I can see that working out indoors has so many practical benefits – all the weights are there, the is a tonne of equipment, booking into classes keeps you motivated and seeing other people workout is also a huge motivator! Even though I love this – sometimes I miss my outdoor workouts because exercising outdoors can have many advantages too.
I’ve also listed some outdoor options for Sydney so be sure to read on. To my readers from around the world and other places in Australia, I have shared how you can easily find options, too.
Top 5 benefits For Outdoor Exercise
Well, when it’s not raining anyway!!
Who wants to be stuck indoors on a sunny day? If you’re fresh out of ideas you could include some light exercise into a beach day, or take a hike! Ha. I just realised how that sounded.
While we all need to be careful of prolonged sun exposure, a little bit each day is good for us. We need to charge up our vitamin D3, which is important for our bone health and metabolic function.
2. IT DOES GOOD THINGS TO YOUR MOOD
Spending time outdoors reduces your stress levels. Fresh air and the increase in oxygen helps release the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin.
3. GOODBYE BOREDOM
Sometimes running on a treadmill, looking at the same blank wall for half an hour just doesn’t cut it. #boring
Changing up your routine and going outdoors will make you more motivated to keep exercising and you won’t get sick of it as easily!
4. IT’S CHEAPER
Even though you will be still spending money on sunscreen, possibly petrol, good shoes and some workout clothes, you won’t have the bigger costs of gym memberships etc. Outdoor boot-camps are often cheaper than gym classes too!
You can use what is at the park or where you work out. EG: Hill sprints, stair sprints, push-ups on chairs or railings, step-ups on park benches or dips on cements blocks.
5. MORE VARIED
Outdoor exercise tends to be more varied than indoor because of the different terrain. It also tends to be more strenuous than the indoor version. We use different muscles in a gym than outside. For example: You can’t really replicate downhill running on a treadmill, so often that muscle group is missed. We also don’t face any wind resistance or changes in terrain when we workout indoors. Working outdoors offers us different surfaces, such as concrete, grass, sand, thus making us use / flex our muscles differently in order to adapt to that terrain.
WHAT TO WEAR OUTDOORS
When it comes to what to wear when you exercise outdoors, it comes down to personal preference. You should wear what you feel most comfortable in.
I love working out in tights because I like the way they hold everything in. I particularly like the Nike Leg-a-see tights as they are high waisted and I prefer this in a tight. Even though these aren’t compression tights, they hold everything in! A lot of people don’t like tights as they think they’re too hot, but these are a cotton blend, so perfect for that in-between weather.
I also prefer to wear a tight sportsbra (super important to get the fit right, ladies!!) and a loose fitting t-shirt so my range of movement isn’t restricted. I don’t know why but I don’t really like wearing a tight singlet and tights. I prefer to keep things balanced otherwise I feel self-conscious. I used to wear older t-shirts that were ready to send to charity, but working out at a Gym made me invest in some cute t-shirts. Nike’s Signal t-shirts are cotton so they’re breathable and the thickness is great too. There is nothing worse than buying a t-shirt and finding out it’s really thick cotton!! This happens all the time for JD if he buy’s t-shirts online!
While the weather is like this, let’s embrace fresh air!
SO FRESH, SO CLEAN, CLEAN
I’ve listed some outdoor workout options in Sydney below, but obviously my readers are from all over the world, so just try and Google “Best outdoor work out tracks” or “Best outdoor workout classes” with your City and there are bound to be options for everyone!
SYDNEY OUTDOOR WORKOUT AREAS
- THE CUBE GYM, COLLAROY BEACH
- BURROWS PARK, CLOVELLY
- CHRISTISON PARK, VAUCLUSE
- BONDI PARK, BONDI BEACH
- PRINCE ALFRED PARK, SURRY HILLS
- BONDI TO BRONTE WALK
- CENTENNIAL PARKLANDS: HAS A LOT OF RUNNING TRACKS
- BALLS HEAD – BIRCHGROVE
Shot by Jonathan Hayward in collaboration with Nike Australia.