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Embrace the Outdoors: Elevate Your Training

A women running through a woods with bluebells
Running through the bluebells

Congratulations! You've made it through winter, and now it's time to seize the opportunities that spring brings. As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, why not take your training in a new direction and explore the great outdoors?

Dispelling Common Myths

Two misconceptions often hold people back from outdoor training: the belief that workouts must be lengthy and that they require a gym. In reality, any amount of exercise is beneficial, and nature offers a wealth of resources for fitness enthusiasts of all levels.

The Benefits of Outdoor Training

  1. Improved Mental Health: Research consistently shows that spending time in nature can have a positive impact on mental well-being [1]. Whether you're breathing in the fresh air during a morning jog or unwinding with a sunset hike after a long day, the outdoors provides a natural remedy for stress and anxiety.

  2. Increased Vitamin D Intake: Sunlight is a primary source of vitamin D, a crucial nutrient for bone health, immunity, and overall wellness [2]. By taking your workouts outside, you not only soak up the sun's rays but also reap the benefits of enhanced vitamin D absorption, which is especially important for those who spend much of their time indoors.

  3. Enjoyment and Variety: Outdoor training offers endless possibilities for fun and adventure. Whether you're exploring new trails, trying your hand at rock climbing, or simply enjoying a game of frisbee in the park, the outdoors provides a refreshing change of scenery and encourages creativity in your workouts.

  4. Improved Eyesight: In our screen-centric world, our eyes often suffer from prolonged exposure to digital devices at close range. Outdoor training provides a welcome break for your eyes, allowing them to focus on distant objects and absorb natural light, which can help maintain visual acuity and reduce eye strain [3].

Making Outdoor Training Work for You

If you're feeling stuck in a workout rut or spending too much time indoors, consider swapping a gym session for outdoor training. Start by identifying activities you enjoy and locations that inspire you. Whether it's a nearby park, forest trail, or beachfront promenade, find a setting that speaks to you and makes you excited to move.

Remember to tailor your outdoor workouts to your fitness level and goals. If you're new to outdoor training, start with gentle walks or beginner-friendly activities like yoga in the park. As you gain confidence and strength, gradually increase the intensity and complexity of your workouts to challenge yourself and keep things interesting.

Outdoor training offers a multitude of benefits for both body and mind. By embracing the outdoors and incorporating nature into your fitness routine, you'll not only elevate your training but also cultivate a deeper connection with the world around you.

Josh Parkin

Co-Founder of The RDA System

Check out our youtube video on the 4 pillars of outdoor training here.


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