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by Casey McIlvaine

When it comes to changing up your workout routine, is there a better way than by taking it to the great outdoors? We say no. Working out outdoors can give you a real change of pace and let you really embrace Mother Nature at the same time. No matter what city you live in, there are bound to be fantastic fitness destinations for you to explore. NPTI has started compiling our own lists of outdoor fitness destinations in major cities across the U.S.—check them out here!

Whether you just moved to a new location or you are looking for exciting hidden gems in your hometown, exercising outdoors has many benefits. Not only can you get a great workout in, but you also get the chance to explore parts of your city you may not have known existed. Even if you happen to travel a lot, you can take the streets and explore other great fitness destinations in the city you are visiting.

Aside from seeing your city or town and changing up your routine, what else can working out outdoors do for you? In addition to boosting endorphins and getting you fresh air, it also can help to boost your Vitamin D levels. Those are huge perks for choosing to exercise outside.

While the weather remains nice, now is the time for you to take advantage of sunny skies and pleasant fall temperatures to start connecting with nature through your workouts. Go trail running, mountain bike, play a game of pickup basketball, knock around a few balls in a game of baseball or softball, or take part in any other outdoor sport that suits your fancy. Not only will you get a great workout in, but you’ll also be having fun and enjoying the weather.

The next time that you decide that you are bored with your usual workout routine, think outside the box and the walls and take to the outdoors. See the sunshine, appreciate the grass, the trees, and all the beauty that nature brings you, all while getting or remaining fit.

Which five cities would you like to see next on our list?

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