Spring is finally here and you can finally get out of the gym running under fluorescent lights and enjoy the sunshine outside.
Studies have shown that spending time in parks can calm the mind while changing the way the brain works in ways that improve mental health. Other research has indicated that people who run on treadmills burn less energy than those who run the same distance but outside, mostly because there are no wind resistance and changes in terrain.
But you need the right gear to make running outside as enjoyable as possible so you don’t quit after a week. Cotton clothes are off limits and the right pair of socks can be the difference between happy or horribly beat up feet.
The good news for the people who don’t like running but still want to get healthy is, according to a recent study, that you actually need shockingly low number of miles under your belt a week to reach that goal. Less than a mile a day – for a total of six in seven days – will do.