Indoor versus Outdoor Summer Workouts

It’s an understatement to say I hate hot weather, so I stick to indoor exercising, while others seem to like to workout in the summer heat. I won’t try to convince you that my way is better, because both have their unique advantages. Here’s a list of the ‘pros’ for each, taken from


Indoor Exercise – Pros

  • The temp is always consistent — no need to adjust your clothing to the weather.
  • Air conditioning reduces your risk of overheating.
  • No bugs, growling dogs, other wildlife.
  • Less risk of being approached by sketchy characters.
  • No sunburn or exposure to damaging UV rays.
  • Less risk of getting lost — no GPS required.
  • You can watch TV or read while you use some of the machines at the gym.
  • It’s easy to track your workout on the treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical (etc.) cardio machines.
  • If you get injured, help is close by.
  • You can exercise regardless of the weather.
  • It’s a great option if you have allergies.

Outdoor Exercise – Pros

  • Fresh air and less exposure to germs.
  • You can exercise in a new place every time, which prevents boredom.
  • You can use GPS to chart your workout.
  • You can exercise on all types of terrain, which helps strengthen your body more effectively and prevent injury.
  • Most types of outdoor exercise are free.
  • More variety in the types of workouts you can do: rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, trail running, horseback riding, etc.
  • You don’t have to wait your turn to use the great outdoors like you often do with machines at a gym.
  • The visual stimulation of the outdoors can make you work out harder.
  • Studies have shown that outdoor exercise boosts your mood and self-esteem.
  • You get a free dose of vitamin D.
  • You can bring your dog along.

[Img.Src: Tribune Cycle Meter, Women & bikes at the beach]

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