So what are the benefits?
Doctors agree that we should all spend at least 30 minutes outdoor every day. It appears that the human body hasn’t been built to sit on an office chair for several hours in a row, five times a week. We are built to move, and that’s what we should do, if we want to stay healthy and fit even in our elderly years. Apparently, the way we move in our 40s and 50s has a direct influence on our health at the age of 70 or 80.
These being said, it’s hard to spend a lot of time outdoor when you are so busy with your job, children, and other responsibilities. Nonetheless, most people do some form of exercise almost every day, so it’s up to you to turn these workouts into an opportunity to break free from concrete and glass buildings. Rather than killing yourself on the elliptical, you should grab a real bicycle and give up driving or public transport in favor of riding your bike to and from work. Instead of running on a treadmill, you should consider running on the streets of your city or in the closes park. Even better, you could try to make longboarding your hobby and your passion. Learning it shouldn’t be too difficult. Once your body learns how to control its balance, you’ll find a lot of pleasure in this outdoor sport.
The main health benefit of outdoor sports is that your respiratory system becomes stronger. Your lungs will be able to receive a larger volume of air, therefore contributing to a better oxygenation of all your cells. The result is that your metabolism will be more efficient, and your brain will be able to focus better at the tasks that require thinking and reasoning.
Our body craves for vitamin D, as it can’t make it from other compounds. The biggest problem of your modern society is that we don’t spend enough time outdoors, so we don’t take in enough sun for the body to receive its needed dose of vitamin D. Scientists say 30 minutes of sun exposure a day can provide us the needed vitamin D amount. When you practice longboarding, skateboarding or any other such sport, you have to spend at least half an hour under direct sunlight, so you’ll secure your vitamin D for the day.
Last but not least, outdoor sports are good for you because they enable all your senses to feel the natural environment as it is, rather than trying to adapt to an artificial reality which is the gym room. When you walk on your treadmill in the gym, your eyes don’t perceive this motion as natural, because your body doesn’t change its geographic location. Because of this, all your body parts will behave unnaturally, so you won’t be able to reap the full health benefits of your regular workouts.
These being said, you should consider giving up your gym subscription in favor of learning and practicing an outdoor sport. You’ll be happier and healthier!