Did you know that the average American walks 2.5 miles a day or about 5000 steps per day? Think about it. An individual wakes up in the morning and gets ready for work walking around their house. They walk out to their car that is parked as close as possible to save time. They drive to work and get the closest possible parking spot to the front door. Take an elevator to their office and sit down at a desk for 8-12 hours in front of a screen. They take the elevator down to the cafeteria and reverse the same order coming home. When they get home it’s back to another larger screen for entertainment watching someone else’s life story(real or made up depending on your choice of shows).
This is an extremely disturbing lifestyle that confirms the fact that most United States citizens have become passively controlled by unhealthy societal norms. It doesn’t have to be this way though! You can make a difference in you and your families lives.
As most of us know we are recommended to walk at least 10,000 steps a day but a study following the Amish people showed that men took about 18,000 steps per day and women about 14,000. If our ancestors were more like the Amish in terms of activity than we are about 10,000-13,000 steps behind what we should be doing. So what does this have to do with getting outdoors? Well getting outdoors whether it be in the form of outdoor boot camps, hikes, runs, mountain/rock climbing or bike rides gets us back in our natural element… NATURE!
Getting outdoors also has other benefits; the first benefit is fitness. Training outdoors can be as strenuous as you make it. Many people believe you need a gym to workout effectively. Obviously they have never taken my boot camps! I’ve had cross fitters, gymnasts and triathletes that have found my outdoor workouts extremely challenging and most workouts require little to no equipment. But let’s say you’re not into group exercise or boot camps. Biking, running, mountain climbing and hiking can all be very challenging depending on the terrain you’re working out on and the effort you put in.
The second benefit is sunlight. Sunlight not only improves your mood and hormonal balance but it also gives you the essential vitamin D your body needs to recover from working out.
The third and the most forgotten benefit is the fact that we are in the environment that we were evolved to be in. People are hunters and gatherers by nature, we are not meant to be forced into a cage (office) for eight to twelve hours a day. We need to be outside to breathe in fresh air, connect with our self and others (in person not on Facebook or Instagram), and appreciate, enjoy and ponder upon the Universe that surrounds us. Try working out outdoors this Spring/Summer/Fall and I bet you’ll fall in love with nature and working out all over again.
If you need help getting outdoors and discovering how to work out outdoors please feel free to join me in my X-Academy on Tuesdays at 5:30PM for kids and 6:30PM for Adults at Turnure Park in White Plains, NY. Click here for all the details. If you’ like private outdoor training email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.