Why is it better to play sports outdoors than indoors

Before SARS-CoV-2 appeared in the world, squares, parks and other open spaces were destinations for runners and cyclists. Those who liked to do strength training, aerobics or zumba class, did it indoors, in clubs and gyms. But it happened that as a result of the closure of these establishments and the recommendation not to remain in closed places issued by the health authorities – in addition to the need for fitness professionals to continue with their source of work, and for ordinary people to move again, after long weeks of social isolation – that the opportunity to exercise outdoors has become a preference for more than one.

So much so that this year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) included outdoor activities among the top three fitness trends of the year, along with load-bearing devices and a home gym. A priori, it can be concluded that spending time outdoors has beneficial effects in reducing levels of stress and anxiety, mentioning some of the factors of today’s fast-paced life that threaten health.

According to Dr. Ostaiska Egia Lecumberi, a member of the Spanish Society of Sports Medicine (Semed-Femede), “outdoor exercise improves the immune system, improves asthma or allergies, lowers blood pressure, promotes socialization, improves sleep quality (with important correction of the biological clock) and sunlight increases the activation of vitamin D, among other benefits.

“Nature allows you to completely disconnect. Your priorities are changing. The open air and the silence allow you to see things differently “, argues Jose Montejo, President of the CSIC Mountain Group, Dean of Tourism, Mountaineering and Mountain Biking in Spain. Meanwhile, according to high-performance sportswoman Claudia Lescano, “exercise releases endorphins, which help relieve stress and make you feel calmer.”

With regard to physical activity itself, it has been scientifically proven that regular practice of any sport is essential for maintaining optimal health. In this regard, Dr. Valeria El Hajj stressed that “exercise and controlled sun exposure help maintain low body mass indices, lose weight, regulate blood pressure, increase lung capacity, provide flexibility and muscle strength. and balancing blood sugar levels, boosting our immune response and reducing the incidence of infections due to increased white blood cell and lymphocyte counts. ”

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