Working out on Exercise Machines or Outdoors?

by Maria on December 9, 2013

If you want to lose weight and be fit, not only should you include the gym in your weight loss plan, but you should also step out and exercise in the open.

Why exercising in the open should be part of your healthy weight loss program:

Some fitness experts recommend exercising for a natural healthy weight loss outside on a grassy surface and  in natural light and oxygen filled air, rather than walking or running on a treadmill, walking on an elliptical, or cycling at home, or at the gym. They insist the fresh air keeps you healthy and is better for your lungs than exercising indoors.

Also, they suggest that natural fitness methods, such as, early morning jogging or a brisk walk in the evening are the best way to lose weight naturally.

In fact, some exercise enthusiasts go as far as to say that exercise is something that cannot be done on machines.

Why? They claim that exercise machines, such as treadmills, ellipticals, bikes etc. definitely:

  • Make you lose weight mechanically;
  • Take away natural nutrients from your body;
  • Make your body stiff;
  • Deprive you of your natural, healthy glow on your skin.

Moreover, they argue that:

  • Running on a stiff surface, like that of a treadmill, damages your body internally, repercussions of which can be noticed after a certain age;
  • Exercising on elliptical machines can lead to pulled muscles and ligament injuries.

Reasons why you should include exercise machines in your weight loss plan:

While the proponents of using exercise machines agree with some of the above  claims, they also point out the advantages to treadmill running versus outdoor running, such as:

  • Treadmills are one of the most efficient ways of burning calories and you can walk and run on them in any kind of weather like rain, snow, ice etc.
  • Running on icy surfaces, or in very high temperatures is risky for anyone. Plus, you are more likely to keep to your exercise program, if you don’t have to go out in bad weather.
  • Treadmills will have a surface that is professionally designed for absorption of shocks that running can give. Without this, your knees and hips can suffer a lot of damage from regular running. In short, treadmills are a better option for your joints.

Furthermore,  the exercise machines enthusiasts argue that people who run on hard surfaces, like a sidewalk, can do more damage than good to their overall health in the long term. The alternative is, they claim,  to run on grass, but that can be slippery, if there is mud or dew, or it can be too hard in summer.

Well, there you have it! You chose what is best for you to include in your healthy weight loss plan. Let me know what you think, OK?

 

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