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Stop working out at the small and not so great smelling gym. Take your workout outdoors and enjoy the scenery not the sweaty buff heads at the gym.

Here are 6 reasons why you should take your workout outdoors.

1-   Go explore your neighbourhood and run outside. You’ll be surprised that time passes a lot quicker running outdoors then at the gym. This will combat workout boredom, and will allow your brain to focus on other things rather than thinking about how far you have run or how much your quads burn.

2-   Working out outside can challenge your body in different ways. Working out at the gym all the time gets your body used to the elliptical or treadmill for example, whereas the varied terrain of a park might be just what your body needs to challenge itself to move in a varied, more complex way.

3-   A big reason for taking your workout routine outside is that you are saving money, which every student needs to do. Gym memberships can surely drain your bank account.

4-   Taking your workout outside will also make you a happier person. Playing outside is like organic Prozac. Breathing fresh air opposed to recycled air can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body’s release of feel-good endorphins. It makes your mind respond better which makes you want to work harder.

5-   Gyms are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Working out outside will prevent you from in taking any sort of unnecessary germs. MRSA is the most dangerous super bug you can catch at your fitness facility—it’s resistant to most antibiotics and can cause fever, rash, wounds, and chest pain.

6-   You can workout whenever you want. The outdoors is always ready to go. No class schedules, and no waiting in line for the elliptical machine. You can literally workout whenever you want when choosing to do so outside.

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