Thursday, June 21, 2012

Exercise Outdoors this Summer

Try something new this year... especially, before it gets too hot outside. Many of us are stuck on the idea that exercise can be done indoors. This means sharing sweaty machines or being confined to small spaces. All the while, there are so many activities outdoors that can supplement your workout regimen and keep it interesting. 




Below are a few examples:


  • Bike ride around the lake, at the park, or step up the intensity and ride through trails. This is an excellent cardiovascular and leg workout.

  • Horseback riding: unbeknownst to many of us, there are facilities close by that provide horseback riding lessons and excursions. There's something about horses that make you feel connected to nature. This targets back and legs.

  • Kayaking/canoeing: You can make this a family event. Kayaks/ Canoes are sold at most sports stores and can be rented if you aren’t sure you want to purchase one. This activity targets the upper body.

  • Rollerblading: through the neighborhood and around the lake... this exercise covers all the bases, providing a total body workout. And If you are really into skating, you can even join a skate club!

  • Stand up paddle-boarding: originating from Hawaii, this provides a great core workout and is great for those of you who enjoy cross-training.

These are just a few outdoor activities that can shake up the monotonous routine. Grab a friend and make a day out of it. Why not plan for a workout and then relax with a picnic! And if you prefer solitude, all of these exercises are fun solo too!

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