Outdoor Exercise and Benefits towards Heart Health

As we head into Spring and Summer and as the weather gets nicer it is a great time to get you and your family outdoors doing activities and exercising. Outdoor activities and exercise can greatly benefit you and your heart health. 

One great benefit of outdoor exercise is it can be a great way to start your cardiovascular health journey. According to Piedmont Healthcare “Walking outdoors is a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you’re new to exercise.” Being able to ease into a new exercise routine is key to maintaining it. Overall it can be a great benefit to incorporate the outdoors or begin your cardio exercise journey outdoors so as to gain the real benefits from it by maintaining it.

While we understand that outdoor exercise can be a great cardio workout, what are some examples of these exercises? The Cleveland Clinic offers some examples of what can constitute outdoor exercise. These included walking outside, cycling outside, doing outdoor swim activities, and jogging or running outside. It is important to see which activities and exercise outside can be beneficial to your overall cardiovascular health.

If you are looking to safely do an exercise class, or group workout outdoors, we recommend doing a virtual outdoor exercise class or just a virtual workout class outside. Some options we would recommend are the YMCA virtual workout classes, the 92Y virtual workout classes, and the Fitness in the Parks Program. These classes will allow you to safely explore outdoor cardio workouts.

So with the weather getting much nicer get out and get active! It is a great way for you and your family to get some beneficial exercise and fresh air. Also, make sure to consult with your doctor if you have a health condition that you are concerned may prevent you from doing any activities or exercises outdoors.