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Why Running Outside Is Better

Louisville, KY, is beautiful, which is one big reason that running outside is better. There are so many things to see and enjoy that it makes running better and less of a chore. If you’re running to some place, like a local coffee shop or to the store, all the more reason to enjoy a run. Are there other reasons beside enjoying the landscape, a purposeful run or visual enjoyment? There are.

While some treadmills offer adjustments to the incline, most don’t have a downward incline.

Going down hill always seems easier, but it’s also quite necessary. It helps strengthen the muscles in the front of your legs. Treadmills also can’t simulate twists and turns in the road. Treadmills don’t have an uneven surface like you might find on a trail, which makes running more challenging and works you harder. You get all those movements when you run outside. It works your muscles in more ways than a treadmill does.

If you run outside and not on a treadmill, you can do it anywhere.

Are you going on a vacation? Unless you’re staying at a hotel with a treadmill, you’re out of luck if that’s the mode of exercise you choose. However, if you run outside, it’s not a problem. You can do it anywhere and it could be a great way to get to know a city and watch the city start to bustle if you do it early in the day.

Breathing fresh air and getting out in the sun is healthy.

You’ll soak up more sunshine and that means an increase in vitamin D, when you workout in the fresh air. Studies also show that working out or running outside can lower your blood pressure, compared to running on a treadmill in the gym. There’s no drive to the gym, so you’ll save plenty of time and take less time getting to and from the gym.

  • Running outside can add variety to your workout and give you a break from the norm. That can help prevent burn out and increase your desire to stick with your exercise program.
  • If your run includes a local park or playground, you can take a break and use the equipment for some upper body workouts on the monkey bars and jungle gyms. There’s a wealth of workout equipment that is fun to use.
  • No matter where you run, you’ll get the benefit of boosting your cardio fitness and aid in keeping bones strong. Studies show that weight bearing exercise like running is even better than some medication for osteoporosis.
  • A personal trainer at Body Sculptors will be happy to design a program that includes alternating gym workouts and outside exercise. We believe working out, no matter where you do it, is important.

For more information, contact us today at Body Sculptors Personal Training

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