Summer weather is the perfect excuse to skip the stuffy gym and work out in the park, on the beach, or even in your own backyard. Thanks to the dose of vitamin D you'll get from the sun, this habit doubles the health benefits of your indoor routine.
“There is usually more daylight in the summer, so switching up your routine from gym workouts to outdoor workouts, for example, gives you the mental and physical benefits of vitamin D—maintaining bone health, boosting the immune system, and preventing cancer,” says Dr. Raza Hussain, a hospitalist specializing in adult inpatient medicine at Northwest Medical Center in Arkansas. “The only way to get real vitamin D is sunlight, but be sure to wear sunscreen while exercising outside, as you don’t need to get sunburned along the way.”
Need some inspiration for taking your routine outside? Try any of these 10 awesome outdoor workouts.