The gym or the park?
Fitness is important for your health and well-being. With competing priorities, finding time to exercise can be difficult. The key is to be flexible, make fitness a way of life and remember that all physical activity adds up to a healthier you – whether it is a formal exercise program at the gym or running around in the park with your children.
So which is best?
Both options have their positives and negatives and you’ll work out which option best suits you. The main thing is that you enjoy it and it is sustainable.
The gym argument
The gym has many positives. It can be super convenient as it doesn’t rely on the weather and now, many open 24 hours. Gyms can be very social and there is the opportunity to develop a strong support network. A gym offers variety, with a large range of equipment, available classes and often a swimming pool. It can be a great way to escape, as you can pop your headphones on and off you go. Also, it may lead to motivation as it costs money, however this can also be viewed as a negative. Other negative aspects include the background noise, the close proximity of other exercisers if you’re shy about exercising in front of people and the lack of fresh air, if you’re an outdoorsy person.
The case for the park
Exercising in the park also has its benefits. It is a very cheap exercise option. There are some studies that suggest working out in the outdoors leads to a greater feeling of vitality – physical and mental energy. These studies show that exercising in nature lifts your mood and boosts your self-esteem. This can have a positive effect on people suffering from depression and anxiety.
A park offers all the traditional exercise options, including jogging, walking and playing sport. In addition, there is plenty of available information on how to utilise the park for a gym-like workout. You can be creative and use the available facilities in the park for activities including park bench set-ups, table rows using a picnic table and using the playground equipment. Alternatively, simply use the available space for exercises including sit ups, squats, lunges and push ups. A park can be the more convenient option if it is closer to your house than the gym.
However, exercising in the park is weather dependant and relies on daylight which is not always practical when people work long hours.
So which is best?
Exercising in the gym and the park are both great options and ultimately it is entirely up to you which option suits you best. A bit of both may be the way forward!
- Often open 24 hours a day
- Doesn’t rely on the weather
- Access to a wide variety of machines, classes and personal trainers
- Gets you out in the sunlight and fresh air
- If close to your house, can just go at any point, do not have to make a concerted effort to drive to the gym or pack clothes to make a special visit there
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