While the allure of gyms & studios – climate-controlled and predictable – are significant, there are benefits to exercising in the open air, which can’t be replicated inside. So, which is better: Indoor vs Outdoor Pilates?
Going to the studio is an easy concept. You show up, put your time in on the machines, and you leave. It works. It’s good for you. But with National Great Outdoors in full swing, adoption of social distancing, and a clear understanding of the benefits of fresh air, why not mix up your fitness routine and take it outside? Here are just a few of the many rewards.
Pilates is good for your mind as well as your body.
A study of 800 adults found that outdoor exercise was associated with increased energy and revitalization, as well as decreased confusion, anger, depression, and tension when compared with exercising indoors. Simply looking at pictures of nature can lower your stress and mental fatigue. Being exposed to it in-person decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resting heart rate, and also blood pressure.
Indoor vs Outdoor Pilates
You don’t have to feel self-conscious when you’re outside.
In a confined studio space, it can sometimes feel like all eyes are on you. Outside, you can work out with abandon, whizzing past others, focusing on you.
Outdoor exercise routines are easier to stick with.
Half of the people who join a gym or pilates studio don’t stick with it beyond the first year, on average. But people who exercise outside tend to keep up with their exercise programs more consistently than those who train indoors, according to one study.
Soak up the sunshine benefits.
The sun hitting our skin creates vitamin D3, which is important to bone health and metabolic function. Exposure to sunlight can also help you sleep better at night, improve immune function and increase endorphin production – those all-important feel-good hormones.
Ready to reap some outdoor fitness benefits? Join Pilates Pop-Up. You can pay by the hour or sign up for a $95.00 monthly membership that gives you 5 group classes outdoors to use at your convenience. Contact or call Joyce at 214-616-7989