Benefits of exercising outdoors.
As you prepare to take part in Boru3peaks 2016 I hope my fitness blog will help you get the most out of the experience. Let me introduce myself, my name is Fiona Ward and back in 2012 I was one of the founding committee of the inaugural Boru3peaks, in preparing for the event we covered all three peaks (on numerous occasions & over various routes!) Since then the event has gone from strength to strength and I’m delighted to still be part of it.
Whether you plan to walk, run or crawl, take on 1, 2 or all 3 peaks the benefits of taking part in exercise activities are well known however exercising outdoors, or green exercise, can be even better for your health. Not only are you getting your exercise but you are also benefiting from fresh air, sunshine (fingers crossed!) and the overall feeling of well being.
Compare the treadmill to the hills of Counties Clare & Tipperary, the more challenging the terrain, the harder the body has to work. Walking, hiking or running on a constantly changing terrain teaches the body to adapt to the changes in the environment. Learning to adapt to changes in the surface you are running or walking on can enhance the strength of your connective tissue, which may help you avoid certain injuries.
Fresh air and increased oxygen helps release the feel good brain chemical, serotonin, meaning your outdoor exercise not only helps keep you fit and improves your physical well being, but helps your mood and self esteem too. Whichever peak you are taking on you can be guaranteed stunning views, studies show that visually pleasing landscapes or ‘greenscapes’ also help raise serotonin levels.
So just a few of the benefits you’ll gain when you sign up for Boru3peaks.
If you want to get the most out of your Boru3peaks experience check back in for further fitness tips over the coming weeks,
Until next time, onward & Upward
Fiona Ward is a Fitness Instructor with TFX Fitness