Outdoor Exercise is Good for the Environment

By Kristin Peney - kristinp@landings.org
Community Programs Manager

Did you know that taking your exercise routine outdoors is just as good for the earth as it is for you?

Think about it. When you exercise outdoors, you reduce your carbon footprint because you are minimizing the use of energy-consuming machines. Exercising in your home is a good way to start the reduction process, as it does not require any travel in your vehicle. However, we typically turn on lights, fans, and/or televisions to accomplish our workout, and those items do contribute to our carbon footprint.

If you need yet another reason to step outside, research from Harvard Medical School found that people will exercise more when they are outside as compared to exercising inside…a definite win! The next time you feel the urge (or the alarm clock says it’s time) to exercise, head outside.

I promise you’ll feel even better knowing you’re helping your body and the environment at the same time! If you are looking to enhance your normal routine, try visiting our island neighbor Skidaway Island State Park and its outdoor fitness center (pictured at right) for a more traditional gym workout in the great outdoors.