The COVID pandemic has forced us to reconsider our lifestyles and prioritize our health. That is true for everyone around the world. However, the global crisis has enforced certain control measures that have impacted us on many levels.
No doubt staying indoors is resulting in a lack of physical activity and hampering our mental health. Something as easy as heading to your nearest gym is no longer an option. What’s more, with social distancing we are left with few options, such as:
- Home Workouts
However, these activities in isolation might not satisfy you or get you the desired results.
There is still one option that is not obvious right away but has been present in our communities for quite some time now. Some may refer to them as Open Gyms, Garden Gyms, Park Gyms, or Outdoor Gyms. Surely you must have come across them in your nearest park. The value and benefits such gyms offer must be taken into consideration in 2020 and beyond.
Listed below are some of the benefits:
Vitamin D is crucial for our immunity, and what better way to get an excellent dose than by exposing yourself to some sunlight. While exercising outdoors you are bound to reap the health benefits. Fresh air, combined with natural light can stimulate our body and mind. What’s more, sunshine can also boost serotonin, a feel-good hormone to uplift your mood.
2) Social Interaction
If you are exercising outdoors, you are likely to call a friend to join you or interact with new people. Many psychological studies point to how social interaction can low stress and increase happiness. Something we all need right now.
3) Mental Health
Working out in a garden gym or open gym has multiple mental health benefits compared to indoor gyms. The fresh air, sunshine, bird sounds, and open environment, allows for your mind to relax. This will, in turn, make you more receptive to positive thoughts and feelings.
4) Free of Charge
Lastly, most parks don’t charge you for entry or using the outdoor fitness equipment. So you have the opportunity to save on your annual gym membership.
Before you make plans to work out in the open, keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Stay Hydrated – Keep sipping on water/ juice throughout your workout.
- Maintain Social Distancing – Maintain at least 6ft distance from others and wear marks to safeguard yourself.
- Sanitize – Ensure that you sanitize the equipment before and after using it.
We hope this article inspired you to resume your fitness routine. Rest assured, you will surely reap the benefits and improve your physical and mental health. Also, if you are planning to head out to the nearest park with your kids, ensure that you follow COVID-related safety guidelines. Stay safe, and stay healthy!