If you need a mood boost, get outside! Any type of exercise is great for lifting your mood, but throwing fresh air, sunlight and green spaces into the mix is a recipe for happiness. Even short bursts of activity outside can help to improve your wellbeing. So switch off the screen and take a brisk walk in your lunch break instead!
Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is essential for keeping our bones and teeth healthy. The nutrient helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorus, while a lack of vitamin D can cause bones to become soft, weak and prone to deformities. Vitamin D is mainly obtained through the action of sunlight on skin, but if you're out in the sun, always cover up and use sunscreen to avoid getting burnt.
3. Better co-ordination
Being active outdoors on varied terrain requires a higher level of engagement with your surroundings. That’s why outdoor activities, such as jogging, help to maximise the co-ordination between your brain and muscles, and your ability to balance.
4. Save money
Get fit for free in your own personal outdoor gym – the local park! Not only will it save you money on membership and travel costs, but you’ll feel great too.
5. Work out whenever
No sweaty exercise bikes, no rushing for classes – the great outdoors is ready when you are and it’s right on your doorstep! Getting active outside means you choose the time and place, and there’s no queuing for the treadmill.
6. Make new friends
It’s no secret that getting active with other people makes it much more fun – it also means you’re more likely to do it for longer. Working out in your local park is a great way to meet new people from your area, and spend time with family and friends. So get out there and get moving together!
7. Soak up the scenery
Go exploring and discover new places. Swim in a lake, walk in the countryside or jog along the beach and enjoy the most scenic workout you’ll ever do!
- ‘It’s Mind-Blowing that We’re Making such a Difference to Young People’s Futures’: Aberdeen Non-Profit Earns Community Award
- How 19-year-old Jay turned his life around with the help of StreetGames and ParkLives from Coca-Cola GB
- 82-year-old great grandmother gets down with local MPs at ParkLives Zumba session outside Houses of Parliament
- PHOTOS: A Look Back at the Special Olympics World Winter Games
- ParkLives is back for its biggest year yet: 2017 brings more parks and new activities