With summer in full swing, it seems a shame to be stuck indoors at the moment and as a result for many of us, the gym is becoming less appealing by the day..

Want to keep up with that all-important exercise regime and catch some rays at the same time? Why not take your workout outdoors?

Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why it’s a great idea!

1. Being outdoors improves your mood

Breathing in fresh air, as opposed to the recycled kind can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body’s release of feel-good endorphins.

Exercising outside also creates greater feelings of energy, and positive thinking than does working out indoors, according to a report published in Environmental Science and Technology.

What’s more, if you’re getting a tan at the same time, that’s got to bring some happiness, right?

2. It’s cheap

Exercising outdoors is free. Rather than spending your hard-earned cash on exercise classes or trips to the gym, you can work out in your garden, a local park or beach, or even go for a run around the city. Wherever you are, there are places you can exercise at no cost!

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced by the body as a response to sun exposure. Having enough vitamin D is important for a number of reasons, including maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, helping to:

  • Support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system.
  • Regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management.
  • Support lung function and cardiovascular health.

Learn more about the health benefits of vitamin D here.

4. Work out whenever you want

Unlike the gym, the outdoors is always open! No class schedules, no waiting in line for machines, and no need to dig out your finest fitness gear. You can fit fitness in whenever you have a chance, rather than working around your local gym’s opening hours.

5. You’ll last longer

Mix up your fitness routine, by heading out for a run, doing a HIIT workout in the garden or a yoga session on the beach. You’ll be surprised how much faster time travels when you aren’t in the gym. Changing your routine, seeing new faces and taking in the scenery all help combat workout boredom.

Have you taken your workout outdoors this summer? We’d love to hear about it. Tweet us @YBFITTRAINING or tag us on Facebook and Instagram @ybfittraining.