Bored of the gym? What if you traded in that row of treadmills for something a little greener? For many of us, the great outdoors is a preferred setting for getting fit.

Recent research has suggested there are enhanced health benefits of outdoor exercise over indoor exercise. When HuffPost Healthy Living ran a piece on the research's findings, we received passionate comments from readers who love to sweat under the sun.

Pauline Seville said that the switch to outdoor fitness helped her maintain a routine. “I moved my yoga mat and light weights onto my covered porch a couple of weeks ago. I have a beautiful view of my newly created zen woodland garden," she wrote. "It has led to me exercising every day, instead of avoiding it, or putting it off.”

Other readers delighted in the fresh air on the beach or the social benefit of meeting friends for a jog in the park. One commenter went as far to say outdoor workouts lifts his spirits "no matter what.”

But we wanted to see all this outdoor exercise in action, so we asked our community to submit their favorite outdoor fitness photo. We heard from adventurous readers who got in touch with their rugged sides through hikes in Arizona and cycling excursions in Italy. Some pictures highlight a beautiful view; others show some sunshine-induced smiles.

Check out the slideshow below. Tweet us your #outdoorfitness photo to Healthy Living on Twitter or send a photo via e-mail to

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  • Outdoor Yoga in Sedona

    "Hot outdoor yoga in Sedona is such a great mind Body workout." <a href="http://@Ericalyneverest" target="_hplink">@Ericalyneverest</a>

  • Outdoor Fitness in Sedona, AZ

    Leah Class, <a href="" target="_hplink">@LeeAdrienne</a>

  • Countryside Fitness

    Kirsten Patrick , <a href="" target="_hplink">@KirstyPatrick</a>

  • Farm Fitness

    Quite the view on a neighborhood stroll True Taylor,<a href="" target="_hplink"> @vegan_fump</a>

  • Early Morning Runs

    On early-morning runs before work, I like to follow the path south along the Hudson River, since it's only a couple of blocks from my apartment. This spot is one of my favorite views. By the time I reach it, I'm hitting my stride and feeling a lot better than during those first few minutes when I force myself out of bed. The sun is always sparkling off the water and it feels for a few moments like I'm not in New York City. It's also a great spot for evening runs, because the sun sets right over the buildings in the background. Sarah Klein, Healthy Living associate editor <a href="" target="_hplink">Healthy Living associate editor </a>

  • Cycling in Italy

    Dr. Lorri Nichols, <a href="" target="_hplink">@drlorrinichols</a>

  • Running on the beach

    "It's not about running. It's about FREEDOM" - <a href="" target="_hplink">@angeljerlinsays</a>

  • Running the Open Path

    Taryn Crow loves the fresh air and openess on her running path <a href="" target="_hplink"> ‏@TCHealthCoach</a>

  • Goleta Jog

    "After, put my toes in the water. Fulfilling, rewarding, grounding." - Natalie Thomas, <a href="" target="_hplink"> ‏@nlt25</a>

  • Mountain Biking in Forest

    "My ‪#outdoorfitness‬ is finding a forest to do some mountain biking." - <a href="" target="_hplink">@ShawnaThibodeau</a>

  • Weekend Beach Workout

    Robin Anamalay ‏likes to get fit on the beach - <a href="" target="_hplink">- @frozen_rob</a>

  • Hiking With the Puppies

    Susan B loves hiking outdoors with her pets. <a href="" target="_hplink">@BlueLeath</a>

  • A View That Beats the Gym

    " I will take this view over a treadmill any day," - Nichole Mayer ‏ <a href="" target="_hplink">@nicholemayer </a>

  • Yoga in Kauai

    Bethni Hemphill <a href="" target="_hplink">‏@bethnihemphill</a>

  • Yoga in Times Square

    While this picture is from a special yoga event for Summer Solstice in New York City's Times Square, I love to do yoga under the sun at an outdoor class in the park anytime. It's transcending! - <a href="" target="_hplink">Gina Ryder</a>, Associate Community Editor

  • Night Walk Along Missouri River

    Stephanie Green enjoys the pedestrian bridge over the Missouri river -<a href="!/search/%40ssgreen2087" target="_hplink">@ssgreen2087</a>

  • Being Active at National Mall

    Softball on the National Mall at sunset with perfect 75 degree weather. - Natalie Wasserman, <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • Waterfall Workout

    Jessie Debbold, <a href="" target="_hplink">@JDebbold </a>

  • Ultimate Stair Workout

    <a href=" " target="_hplink">@ImDesi </a>

  • Planks On the Beach

    "It'd be wrong NOT to workout outdoors on an island" - <a href="http://@pumpsandiron" target="_hplink">@pumpsandiron</a>

  • Peaks of Otter near Bedord, VA.

    It's an hour + climb straight up to the top of Sharp Top Mountain. It was invigorating! - Cindy

  • Zipline

    From Susanna in Louisville

  • Zen Yoga Garden

    "I moved my yoga mat and light weights onto my covered porch a couple of weeks ago. I have a beautiful view of my newly created zen woodland garden." - Pauline

  • Family Hike

    Early A.M. family hiking in ‪#Sedona‬ this past week! - <a href="http://@leeverest" target="_hplink">@leeverest</a>

  • Post Workout

    After finishing brick workout <a href="http://@PattiMae24" target="_hplink">@PattiMae24</a>

  • Nothing Beats a Hike

    <a href="http://‬@shaneharvey19" target="_hplink">‬@shaneharvey19</a> and ‏<a href="http://@Ericalyneverest" target="_hplink">@Ericalyneverest</a>

  • Cycling Race

    "I competed in my first ‪#Granfondo‬ cycling race in Penticton (92 km)." - ‏<a href="http://@tessfitnessblog" target="_hplink">@tessfitnessblog</a>

  • Paddleboarding

    <a href="http://@JDebbold" target="_hplink">@JDebbold</a>

  • Skateboarding

    <a href="http://@Ssippi" target="_hplink">@Ssippi</a>

  • Biking Through a Garden

    Bike Trip Sunday along the Fox River in Fabyan Villa Japanese Gardens - Mary Beth Fletcher, Geneva, IL

  • Hiking in Africa

    Summit of Kilimanjaro <a href="http://@ontheroxyoga" target="_hplink">@ontheroxyoga</a>

  • Handstand in a Meadow

    Doesn't get much cooler than <a href="http://@ontheroxyoga" target="_hplink">@ontheroxyoga</a>

  • Rock Climbing

    Congratulations to Healthy Living community member Holly Solberg who rock climbed for the first time outdoors over her summer weekend.

  • Outdoor Fitness With a Friend

    A Saturday morning ritual in AZ <a href="http://@amandamary8" target="_hplink">@amandamary8</a>

  • Yoga in LA

    Yoga in the back garden in LA @DeatonSusan and Madeleine - ‏<a href="http://@bethnihemphill" target="_hplink">@bethnihemphill</a>

  • On a 9 mile run - <a href="http://@TiaraBeth" target="_hplink">@TiaraBeth</a>

  • Gorgeous in Co on a 7 mile run <a href="" target="_hplink">@JAIMEALTMAN </a>

  • <a href="http://@MegPinkGiggles" target="_hplink">@MegPinkGiggles</a>

  • This is photo from a six week warrior training at Belfast, Maine waterfront Bootcamp. Getting our plyo jumps on! - Val

  • Beth Meads

  • 96-year old Beatrice who does not let the Florida heat keep her off course. <a href="" target="_hplink">@ForestTrace </a>

  • Spelunking in Alabama with friends is great for a workout and for the soul. You have to much fun to even look at it as a workout! - Chassidy Bonner

  • "Just another day of handstands on the beach," Sarah Garvin

  • I love getting in any kind of workout OUTSIDE of the gym. - Jodi Lederer

  • I love getting in any kind of workout OUTSIDE of the gym. - Jodi Lederer

  • I love getting in any kind of workout OUTSIDE of the gym. - Jodi Lederer

  • I love getting in any kind of workout OUTSIDE of the gym. - Jodi Lederer

  • Training for NWM 26.2 by running the first 10 miles of the route. <a href=" " target="_hplink">@mr_guigayoma </a>

  • A 5K with weekly meetup group in Philadelphia <a href="" target="_hplink">@CityFitGirls </a>

  • <a href="http://@EAMFitXpress" target="_hplink">@EAMFitXpress</a>

  • <a href="http://@HealthyBodySkin" target="_hplink">@HealthyBodySkin</a>