Exercising outdoors vs in the gym


When selecting the place to exercise, which is better:  To exercise in the outdoors/park or in the gym?

There are advantages and disadvantages of each depending on your personality type.

As part of gym membership, you would usually are entitled for some free classes. For those who enjoy socialising plus the beat and being pushed to exercise, group classes help one to stay in shape and stay motivated. And the air-conditioned premise is available day and night, rain or shine.

Whereas long time folks who loved exercising outdoors may enjoy exercising alone. Some family or couples also schedule exercising in the park as part of their activities together. Sometimes, you would see those who are very fit doing their runs listening to music.


In one of my previous companies years ago, we used to have an exercise outing in the park every Tuesday and Thursday. At about 6pm, we would change to our own workout clothes and then proceed to the park located not far from the office for about 30 to 45 minutes of brisk walking. Whoever who had finished first would wait and then we all walk back to office together. Sometimes we stay back in office to continue working and sometimes we go back straight away.

Regardless, those extra time devoted to exercise had helped in managing our stress, as well as burning off that big lunch. After each walk, we would feel more relaxed and the problem that was troubling us would get less.

Exercising outdoor is a great activity especially if it is something that you plan as a group together. It is not always that many people can afford the additional commitment of a gym- furthermore, there is no point of paying if you cannot commit to going there few times a week.

Even though I have an active gym membership, I still go for outdoor exercising once a week for variety, and because I love nature and as my way of keeping my workouts more varied and interesting. But gym memberships are useful during raining sessions where outdoor exercising is not feasible.

However, I would tend to burn more calories from the gym than outdoors. This is because I would usually set a target to burn a certain amount of calories and then would work towards achieving my goal before I leave. Whereas in the park I tend to take things easy and enjoy the scenery. I’m very unlike those self motivated regulars (whom I really admired) who would run and run endless rounds.  But such sessions relaxes my mind and keeps me motivated on exercising.

We need to find our own ways to keep ourselves motivated to exercise. For me, variety helps. I’ve always prefer to exercise by myself, using the time for quiet reflection. I’ve find that through varying workout pace and changing the venue (in the gym/ outdoors) – it has helped me to keep myself motivated.

And once you each the stage where you see results: weight loss, feeling stronger and fitter, health benefits, less sinus, not so tired…. the results would be your constant motivator.

Related Posts

It’s OK to Slip Once a While- Just Don’t Make it a Habit First, it's ok to slip up once a while. Nobody's perfect. It does not mean we are useless or is a failure. Don't hate yourself. Before I started eating sensibly, I used to feel guilty about my sweet tooth and food addiction, not realising it is attributed to the way the food I take react in my body. Still, there will be times when we will be ...
Between knee damage and organ damage…which one is worse? When we are overweight, we would tend to develop knee and lower bsck issues. The more overweight we are, the more pain and discomfort we may feel. It is no wonder that the pain itself becomes a deterrent for us to begin an exercise program.....especially those of more intensive nature. The fitter we are, the higher our metabolic rate....and t...
Cardiovascular Fitness- key to health A lot of people who had been althletes during their school years grow up to become sedentary corporate employees or coach potatos. With inactivity, our health tend to gradually lead to a downward trend. Dr Amir, in an article dated 1 February 09 in The Star's Fit for Life section, entitled The Fitness Factor outlines the importance of cardiovasc...
8 Common Misconceptions & Fears about Strength Training Weight or strength training is a very important component of an exercise program. Many people who work out in the gym or start any exercise program always only focus on the cardio. If you are one of those weight machine phobic folks, does any of the below describes you? you have no interest to look like a body builder the fear that you w...
The Joy of Discipline to achieve your goals When we commit to a plan- for example to lose weight or get better from our injuries, the path towards our goal requires effort, willpower and discipline. After the initial excitement of trying something new comes it, the boredom of being in a monotonous schedule of keep trying  (and sometimes not seeing results) would set in. At this point, it ...
Spread the love

Leave a Comment

9 + 4 =