Pumpkin spice lattes are on coffee shop menus, Halloween decorations are in department store windows, and your daily hot girl walks are a little less, well, hot these days. The evidence is clear: Fall has almost arrived, and chillier temperatures are right around the corner.
Luckily, you’ve still got time to savor the last bits of nice weather before the cold drives us inside for the foreseeable future—and one great way to maximize your outside time is by taking your workouts outdoors. According to Ciara Gray, a Nike Well Collective trainer, there are loads of benefits to gain from al fresco exercises, and you’ll be thankful for the extra time spent in nature once cooler weather reaches its peak.
“Outdoor exercises expose you to natural sunlight, which offers vitamin D, which is great for bone health and the immune system,” Gray says. “Outdoor workouts offer accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and psychological benefits compared to indoor activities.”
If tapping into those benefits sounds like a no-brainer, but the only outdoor exercises that come to mind are walking and running, Gray has you covered there, too. Below, she’s sharing a few of her favorite ways to get creative with outdoor exercises, along with the activewear to match from Nike’s new