The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors | Heart and Vascular Health |

While the allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.

But the take-away seems to be that moving their routines outside could help reluctant or inconsistent exercisers. “If outdoor activity encourages more activity, then it is a good thing,” After all, “despite the fitness industry boom,”  “we are not seeing changes in national physical activity levels, so gyms are not the answer.”