While this new obsession with gyms and fitness centers has taken everybody’s undivided attention, some people still tend to go the old-school way about leading a healthy lifestyle. They believe working out in the open is far more efficient and beneficial for all-around health development of the human body. But how different is it from an intensive gym session?
The scientists and psychologists of the Northeastern University came together to research and study the response of the human brain when a person exercises outdoors as compared to working out in a gym or a training center. They conducted experiments like putting electrodes on a person’s head and psychologists trailing behind while he goes out for a run in the woods or an open park. Also, they did the same exercise for a person running on a treadmill and to compare the results efficiently they even used Virtual Reality and artificial intelligence to make a headset which creates a virtual environment when the person wears it and runs. They studied the cognitive behaviour of a person by conducting various cognitive tests like short quizzes asking the person generic and specific questions about how they feel after working out with the virtual headset and without it.
As it turns out, they were able to conclude that there is a certain difference in working out in different environments and our brain reacts differently to it. They also learned that our mental gymnastics is highly responsive and benefitting while we exercise outside in the natural surroundings. It enhances our ability to fight through the physical barriers and takes up the extra amount of work out more efficiently. It also proved to be a better option to lead a healthy lifestyle. The essence of fresh air and the body’s ability to adapt to exercising in natural weather conditions are highly beneficial for our mental health.
So as it turns out after detailed research and study by Northeastern University’s experts, ditching your gym a couple of days a week and going for a run outside in the sun does benefit your mental health and forms an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle.