Battle Spring Fever With These Outdoor Exercises
Every year we spend the winter cooped up where it’s warm. When spring rolls around, we can’t wait to get outside. Getting outdoors can not only battle spring fever, it can also get you up and moving.
Exercising outdoors can give you a better workout and burn more calories than the machines at the gym.
As spring approaches, if you want to get outdoors and get in shape, here are some great activities you can do.
WalkingNot only is walking a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up all winter, it’s also great exercise if you do it right. For an optimal workout, walk for an hour a day at least three days a week.
You should also alter your pace during the walk, i.e. go as fast as you can for a minute, then a slower pace for a minute, etc. This will get your heart pumping without having to do a hard workout. If you’re bored of walking around your neighborhood, why not visit a nature park or zoo.
See: Calories Burned Walking
Check out my 12 Week Walking Program to really step it up.
YogaSure, nowadays yoga is done in your living room or in a gym, but this art was made to be done in the great outdoors. So tote your yoga mat to the park or just to the backyard. This can give you a workout and calm your nerves at the same time.
See: Even the Most Inflexible Can Do Yoga
And don't think you're limited to yoga on the grass. I've done yoga in a swimming pool and in a kayak. The kayak was a special kayak made just for yoga. Downward dog in a kayak on a river basin is very relaxing. Check out your local fitness studios or fitness trainders to see if they offer different kinds of outdoor yoga.
SwimmingWant to get a fantastic full body workout while your kids are playing? Then take them down to the community pool. Many pools have an area for kids to splash and play while the adults swim laps. Just make sure not to leave any child that doesn’t know how to swim without adult supervision. And when you’re done with your laps, maybe you can splash and play with your kids too.
See: Calories Burned Swimming
Check out these fun pool exercises to burn more calories.
VolleyballThis sport doesn’t have to be played inside with a ref; you can play at a sand volleyball court, or just set up a net in your back yard. Volleyball is a great way to socialize with your friends, or to meet new people by joining a league.
See: Calories Burned Playing Volleyball
BikingMore and more cities and towns are putting in bike paths. These are a great way to get a work out without risking serious injury by biking on rough terrain. However, if you’re up for a challenge, there are probably paths through woods, hills, mountains, or some other difficult, but rewarding terrain. Just be sure to wear proper safety equipment no matter where you’re biking.
See: Calories Burned Biking
If you want to get out and go, and you’re up for an adventure, why don’t you take the family and go for a hike. You can experience nature, get a great workout, get some fresh air, and spend some quality bonding time with your family.
See: Calories Burned Hiking
So what are you waiting for? Get out of your artificial lighting and into the great outdoors for a workout and a fun time too.
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