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The benefits of exercising outdoors vs. indoors

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The benefits of exercising under the sun

Exercising outdoors offers numerous advantages over indoor workouts, including several indirect benefits. This white paper from KOMPAN Fitness Institute covers the latest research in relation to the benefits of outdoor exercise.

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The benefits of exercising outdoors versus indoors

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The 7 benefits of exercising outdoors

  1. Outdoor exercise promotes increased vitamin D production, improving bone health and preventing cardiovascular disease.

  2. Exposure to infrared and near-infrared wavelengths during outdoor exercise enhances immune function and tissue regeneration.

  3. Outdoor exercise offers mental health benefits, including improved mood and cognitive function, due to increased serotonin levels and regulated melatonin production.

  4. Outdoor workouts often result in longer, more intense sessions and a higher likelihood of maintaining a regular exercise routine.

  5. Natural outdoor environments provide cleaner and safer exercise spaces than indoor facilities, reducing infection risks.

  6. To optimize outdoor exercise’s health benefits, exercise in green spaces, and aim for short frequent workouts rather than fewer longer sessions.

  7. Balancing sun exposure and protecting the skin during outdoor workouts will help maximize health benefits while minimizing potential risks.

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