Six reasons to be active outdoors this winter


Going outside to exercise is listed as one of the essential reasons that you may leave your home during lockdown 3.0. The benefits of physical activity and exercise are well documented, below we explore some of the additional benefits of taking that exercise outdoors.

1.) Being active outdoors is good for your physical health

Building outdoor activity into your daily routine can help you feel good and stay healthy. Regular outdoor activity can reduce blood pressure, lower your heart rate and strengthen your immune system.

2.) It has a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

Studies show a dose of nature can have a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing by reducing stress and feelings of anxiety, improves mood and increases self-esteem.

3.) Reduces feeling of isolation

You can exercise outside with your family (or your bubble) or with one other person. Taking a walk with a friend is a great opportunity to connect with people and reduce feelings of isolation.

4.) It increases productivity

A lunchtime break away from electronic devices can help you to refocus in the afternoon. A change of scenery and fresh air can help sharpen your focus, enhance creativity and increase concentration and focus.

5.) It’s a perfect family activity

Going outdoors gives you the opportunity to turn your exercise time into family time. Additionally, you can show your kids that physical activity can be fun. Playing at the playground, going for a walk, riding bikes or playing out in the garden are a few ways to be active with your kids. Chasing your kids around and climbing the playground equipment can all add up to a good workout!

6.) It’s free

Taking a walk outside is completely free, you don’t need any expensive kits or fancy workout gear. Just pop on some comfy foot wear and wrap up warm and off you go!

For ideas on how to get active outdoors please visit the Active Humber webpages