Since I’ve been away for a week teaching military kids about leadership and volunteerism, so to make up for my absence, here’s a long post for you. Hope you didn’t miss me too much!
I know, I know- it’s hot at this time of the year, and the feeling of a suffocatingly warm breath when you walk out of your air conditioned house is hardly an appealing or motivating sensation. However, getting outside is really good for you. Here’s why:
1. Vitamin D- a vitamin that most of us who don’t live on tropical islands (myself included) have pronounced deficiencies of during the winter months, Vitamin D is critical to your overall health. It regulates blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, and assists with the absorption of calcium, (which in turn helps to form and maintain strong bones).
2. Sweat– sweating opens up your pores and assists in clearing away bacteria (the reason that the lady who does your facial might use steam).
- Note: once you finish working out, you should shower & wash your face, otherwise the sweat can act block up the pores and cause the kinds of blemishes you want to avoid.
3. Sustainability– instead of driving your Range Rover to the gym, then working out on an electrically powered machine in a highly lighted, highly air-conditioned room with 17 televisions, an outdoor workout is a much more “green,” and equally efficient way to get moving.
4. Variety– there are only so many settings on the machines at the gym. Hills, valleys and terrain in the wilderness (or your suburb) provide a stunning amount of variety. In addition to being customize-able to your energy level, outdoor workouts present unexpected challenges that force you to push yourself– you can turn down the resistance on the elliptical, but you can’t turn off a big hill in the middle of your jog.
5. Mood– I’m pretty sure that I have seasonal depression, and I’m pretty sure that most of my friends do too. If you haven’t heard of it, it basically means that the happiness of affected persons is directly proportional to how much sunlight I get in a given day. This being said, why wouldn’t you want to be directly interacting with that beautiful smile-producing sunlight as much as possible while it’s around?