Physical activities are essential to control anxiety and stress.

A study by the School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirão Preto (EEFERP) at USP shows that maintaining the practice of physical activities has become even more important in this period of social isolation caused by the pandemic of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In addition to strengthening the immune system, exercise also strengthens mental health. The research, carried out in partnership with professors and universities from Latin America and European countries, shows that people with a healthier lifestyle, who already performed physical activities before the pandemic or who joined the practice during this period, can better withstand anxiety and stress brought on… – Veja Mais em

Yes, exercising inside or outside a gym is also a matter of taste. But does not stop there. There are benefits to consider, from burning calories to relieving stress when choosing which environment to sweat your shirt. Below, we list the main ones:

calorie burn

Indoor:  if you enjoy running on the treadmill but always hear that the steps in the street use more energy, know that the effort outdoors can be compensated indoors. The insight comes from research at the University of Exeter in England. “It is enough to put the treadmill at a 1% incline to obtain an equivalent energy expenditure”, reveals Professor Andrew Jones.

Outdoor:  On the street or in the park, the main reason for the higher calorie consumption is wind resistance. Combined with a less homogeneous solo, it makes us work harder and add extra energy – everything, of course, will also depend on your rhythm. The downside is that you tend to stop more often because of the circulation of people and cars.

Strong body

Indoor:  The gym is not popular for nothing. Bringing various devices, dumbbells, and accessories facilitates a workout capable of working for several muscle groups. Know, by the way, that bone mass also benefits from sessions. “Strength exercises help calcium be absorbed and maintained by the bones, ” explains orthopedist Michal Kossobudzki, Hospital de Brasília.

Outdoor: Grass, sand, or asphalt. The variety of open environments encourages the practice of sports (including team sports) and can activate more muscles and strengthen ligaments. “These changes in terrain also improve balance and body awareness,” notes orthopedist André Pedrinelli from Hospital das Clínicas in São Paulo.

Risk of injury

Indoor: Common sense applies to both indoor and outdoor workouts. In bodybuilding, exaggeration of weights is one of the biggest triggers of injury. The rule is to respect the limits and keep the excitement down – in the bench press and leg press… “The loads must be adjusted individually and gradually increased”, advises Pedrinelli.

Outdoor:  be aware that, despite its advantages, the diversity of outdoor terrains is behind the strains or kinks. “Running down the street can lead to bumpy places, which increases the impact on joints,” warns Kossobudzki. “People who already have knee or hip problems should avoid this type of training”, he adds.

sun exposure

Indoor: here, these workouts lose out. And not only in terms of vitamin D . “Closed environments, with low ceilings, are one of the reasons for the abandonment of exercises”, observes physical educator Bruno Gion, from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo. On the other hand, you can work out anytime without worrying about the temperature.

Outdoor:  The cool thing about open exercise is that the sun’s rays induce the production of the acclaimed vitamin D, welcome to bones and immunity. However, it is worth avoiding times between 10 am and 3 pm due to the high radiation. “It’s also important to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen,” recalls doctor Pedro Dantas from the Brazilian Society of Dermatology.

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