Video by Dr. Travis Downs
Let’s go hit the gym is what most people say when they think of exercise. That might be the only practical option during the cold, snowy winter months, or during the blistering heat of summer that always starts early here in Texas. But there is a lot of research that shows that taking you exercise outside is better for you mentally and physically.
Benefit #1 YOU WILL WORK OUT LONGER AND HARDER
“During self-paced walking outdoors, individuals walk faster and work harder, but report lower perceived exertion compared to indoors treadmill-based walking.” (1)
Benefit #2 YOU WILL BURN MORE CALORIES
“working out in a climate-controlled environment does not supply the same stress to your body as working out in an environment that has high (or cold) temperatures and changing terrain which affects gait”(2).
“road runners burn more calories when running at the same speed than treadmill runners, mainly because of the wind resistance they encounter”(3).
Benefit #3 PROPER GENETIC EXPRESSION
“Movement outdoors is intrinsically tied to our humanity. For 99% of human history, not only have we lived off the land and sought nature for basic survival and health, but also for pleasure and physical activity too”(4)
I challenge you to get a 30 min walk in a day and see how you feel physical and mentally. So, lets get out there and move and exercise outside and keep increasing our health!
- Marsh, A.P.; Katula, J.A.; Pacchia, C.F.; Johnson, L.C.; Koury, K.L.; Rejeski, W.J. “Effect of treadmill and overground walking on function and attitudes in older adults.” Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. (2006)
- Fellin, Rebecca E., Kurt Manal, and Irene S. Davis. “Comparison of Lower Extremity Kinematic Curves During Overground and Treadmill Running.” Journal of Applied Biomechanics 26.4 (2010)
- Jones AM, Doust JH.”A 1% treadmill grade most accurately reflects the energetic cost of outdoor running.” J Sports Sci. (1996 Aug)
- O’Keefe JH, Vogel R, Lavie CJ, Cordain L, “Achieving hunter-gatherer fitness in the 21(st) century: back to the future.”, Am J Med. (2010 Dec)
Our Chiropractors located near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Ridge Rd. are here to help educate our patients on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Through Chiropractic adjustments and education, we teach our patients the best ways to relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches with Chiropractic and without medicine. We know how important getting the right amount of movement is to your health and remember, Exercise Outside!