Hungry to sample more than just delicious local specialties on your next big trip? Before that food tour or fabulous 5 course degustation meal, why not head outside and work up an appetite. Discover five benefits of getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors while exploring new destinations.
Improve Your Fitness Level
If you and the gym aren’t exactly best friends, your fitness level might not be as high as it could be. Going outside is a wonderful way to squeeze in some cardio to keep yourself active and healthy without even realizing that you’re doing any work. In fact, studies have shown that exercise feels easier when you’re outside, which explains why enjoying amazing views from the top of a mountain or hiking the hilly streets of Italy’s Cinque Terre never feels like hard work.
Lose Weight and Keep It Off
If you love traveling for food, you might find that snacking for several hours a day without exercising can cause the pounds to pile on. When you step outside to explore the great outdoors, however, you can lose weight and keep it off, especially if you pursue high elevations. If you’ve set a weight loss goal, try using a calorie tracking app to monitor your physical activity, make note of your calorie consumption, and even plan your meals. With a digital tool at your fingertips, you can make tracking calories and exercise a breeze, even on vacation.
Enjoy Time as a Family
Whether you love planning getaways with your significant other, you want to show your kids the world, or you consider your friends family, enjoying the great outdoors is a fantastic way to add some quality family time to your trip. Plan a comprehensive walking tour of your new destination, hit the hiking trails outside of the city limits, or rent bikes and explore on two wheels. No matter what mode you choose, you’ll have fun working your muscles and seeing new things as a family.
Clear Your Mind and Boost Your Mood
If you’ve ever experienced cabin fever, you know that getting outside gives you a much-needed chance to clear your mind and improve your mood. The great outdoors offer all kinds of natural stress relief, and going outdoors even helps you think more clearly and creatively. If being in a new destination tends to make you anxious, you might even benefit from the mental health boost that nature offers.
Get a Dose of Sunshine
Your body needs dozens of vitamins and minerals to function properly. Although you can get most of those micronutrients from your favorite foods, vitamin D is tough to absorb from eating alone or from taking your daily vitamin D supplements. Instead, you’ll need to get outside and soak up the sunshine to absorb the vitamin D your body needs to reduce inflammation, grow healthy cells, and boost your immune system.
As you’re planning your next trip, make a point of scheduling some fun activities outside. Not only will you feel better after walking or cycling for a couple of hours, but you’ll also have plenty of room for even more Instagram-worthy meals.
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