As temperatures drop and the threat of winter weather grows, many people choose to take their workouts indoors. While you certainly won’t enjoy the same scenery on a treadmill as you would if you were hitting the pavement, you can still manage to get just as good of a workout. But how do you know when to bundle and when to play it safe inside? Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor exercise?
The answer: yes and no.
Let’s take a look at the benefits and downsides of both to answer this question once and for all.
Exercising Outdoors: The Upsides
Spending time in the fresh air is a known mood enhancer and getting plenty of vitamin D is important for your bones and immune system. Some runners also report being more motivated to run outside when they can see the distance they cover; plus, varied terrain can be beneficial to developing endurance. Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that exercising outdoors is almost always free of any extra cost that you might incur at a gym or fitness boutique.
Exercising Outdoors: The Downsides
However, like we mentioned above, weather can be an unexpected hazard to fitting your workout in — whether we’re talking about extreme temperatures, precipitation or icy sidewalks. There may also be additional safety concerns to consider depending on the area where you’re exercising and whether or not you have a buddy with you. It’s also worth noting that air quality can impact the quality of your workout, but that also largely depends on where you’re located.
Exercising Indoors: The Upsides
Taking your workout inside gives you a lot more control over the elements, whether it’s in your living room or at a gym. The latter also adds an element of social motivation, which might even help you push yourself that extra mile. Indoor workouts can also have a lot more variety due to the availability of equipment and classes, whether streaming or in person.
Exercising Indoors: The Downsides
For starters, you won’t get to enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine that exercising outside can bring. Depending on your situation and preferred form of fitness, finding a place to workout indoors can also be costly.
But here’s the good news: you don’t have to pick just one! You can reap the benefits and avoid the downsides to both by mixing it up. Win/win.
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