Go Out and Play, Benefits Beyond the Gym

Spring is here with its heavy pollen. 

Summer’s heat is around the corner. 

Fall is busy and in winter, well, it’s cold outside. 

There are lots of excuses not to exercise outdoors.

So when the excuses start popping into your head, and get yourself out there anyway.

A growing body of research shows strong support for the idea that exercising outside is loaded with health benefits—both physically and mentally. While we all know that we need to exercise regularly to be physically healthy, exercising outdoors can offer benefits that can’t be found at the gym or inside the home. Here are a few reasons to go play outdoors:

  • Improved MoodAny physical activity improves your mood, but it appears that exercising outdoors can noticeably increase this positive affect.  A short brisk walk through the park can change your outlook for the better.
  • More EnergyAny exercise can help reinvigorate you when you're feeling listless, but a dose of fresh air can really up the effect.
  • Greater Likelihood To Keep ExercisingConsistency is key to obtaining long term health benefits from exercise. Several studies have shown that people who exercise outdoors have a higher probability of repeating their activity regularly.
  • Better Weight ControlBeing outside offers scenery; sunlight, trees, flowers and wildlife sightings to name a few. The enjoyment of being outside combined with fewer distractions like screens and comfy couches, adds up to more time spent moving.
  • Higher Vitamin D LevelsExercising outdoors is a terrific way to get vitamin D through sunlight. This is particularly important if you are overweight.  A recent study found that people who are overweight are almost twice as likely to be deficient in vitamin D.  Only a few minutes of regular sun exposure is needed on the face, arms or legs, to make a difference.  For longer periods of exercising outdoors, be sure to wear sunscreen.

When Dieting and Exercise Alone Aren’t the Answer
At the Center for Weight Management (CWM), fitness is a key part of our patients’ journey to health. That’s why we offer a range of free or low-classes to our patients. Plus, our fitness specialist is excellent at modifying exercises to meet each individual’s specific needs and ability.
CWM offers a full spectrum of weight loss programs, from medically supervised weight loss, to the ORBERA® Balloon weight loss program, to various types of bariatric surgery. The Center for Weight Management also offers the only accredited adolescent weight loss surgery program in the region. Plus we have a world-class aftercare program to provide each patient a wide variety of services under one roof.
Learn more, and take the first step on your journey to better health, at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/bariatrics.


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