One of the best things about running is that it can be done almost anywhere, including inside especially if weather isn’t in your favour.
Around the world, cooped-up runners have continued to log countless kilometres on a treadmill or by running laps of their living rooms, garages, hotel rooms or balconies.
While most runners prefer running outdoors, sometimes life demands an indoor workout. So, which option is better for you?
Research points to running outdoors because of the overwhelming positive impacts that being in nature, training in the elements and seeing other people has on both a runner’s physiological and psychological performance.
Benefits of outdoors running
Running helps to release powerful hormones that boost mood and combat depression.
A study found that people who ran outdoors reported increased energy, decreased feelings of depression, and were more likely to repeat their workouts.
Being in nature is very calming, and research shows that running outdoors releases less stress hormone, cortisol.
In fact, one study found that being in nature improves your memory and attention span.
Its just so nice watching the changing landscape, the feeling of air flowing past his skin, and the inclusivity of running outside.
Running in different conditions such as rain, wind and hot and cold weather can improve endurance.
Especially in winter because in colder temperatures, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, you sweat less, and expend less energy, all of which means you can run more efficiently.
There are times when you might want high variability in your running workouts, such as training for an event or a particular goal.
Running outside allows you to practise and prepare your body for what it is going to face on race day.
Exposing yourself to the elements can be psychologically useful in helping you cope better with challenging conditions or setbacks during an event.
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