Over the weekend, I asked Facebook readers if they exercised inside or outside, and the answers were all mixed. There are good reasons for exercising in both, so if you're having a hard time deciding where to get your sweat on, check out the chart below.
Pros to Indoor Exercise
Pros to Outdoor Exercise
The temp is always consistent so you never have to waste time finding the right outfit to wear.
Air conditioning reduces your risk of overheating.
There are no bugs.
There's no risk of sunburn.
There's less risk of getting lost — no GPS required.
There's also less risk of being approached by sketchy characters and growling dogs.
You can watch TV while you use the machines at the gym.
It's easy to track your workout with the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike's readout.
If you get injured, help is close by.
You can exercise regardless of the weather.
It's a great option if you have allergies.
Fresh, clean air means less exposure to germs.
You can bring your dog along.
You can work out in a new place every time, which prevents boredom.
You can use a GPS to chart your workout.
You can exercise on all types of terrain, which helps strengthen your body more effectively and prevent injury.
There's more variety in the types of workouts you can do: rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, trail running, horseback riding, etc.
Many types of outdoor exercise are free such as running, hiking, and swimming.
You don't have to wait your turn to use the great outdoors like you often do with the machines at a gym.
Research shows that the visual stimulation that outdoor exercise offers makes you work out harder.
Studies also show that outdoor exercise boosts your mood and self-esteem.
You get a free dose of vitamin D.
In the Summer, do you exercise more often inside or outside?